How to Open Nursing College
Due to the increasing demand for qualified nurses in the growing healthcare sector, it is appropriate to invest in this sector and contribute to the society. Although, it may take a huge amount to get started and involve a lot of time as well, it can payoff at the end if you know how to open a nursing college. So, adhere to the easy steps given here and gain knowledge on how to set up your own nursing college.
- Arrange for Funds
In order to start a nursing school, the initial cost is quite large due to the expenses related to facilities, accreditation, equipment and the personnel to be hired. Hence, you will have to make an estimate of the capital to be invested to open your college. Also, determine the sources to raise funds for your college. Since the amount is huge, you can take loans from banks and financial institutions.
- Form a Society/Trust
The next step to be determined is to form a society of a group of educated people who will act as the governing body. Ensure that you get the Society registered under Society Registration Act. Forming a Society will reflect the non-profit motive of your nursing college.
- Obtain No Objection/ Essentiality Certificate
After completing the legal formalities, acquire No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Department of Education (DoE) of the concerned State Government. Further, make sure that you get the NOC renewed every year from the DoE.
- Acquire Land
Once you have obtained the sanction from the DoE, you have to search for the location and land for the establishment of your nursing college. Most often, the DoE forwards the request for acquisition of land to the concerned land owning authorities of the state.
- Building and Infrastructure
After attaining the sanction from the land owning authority, you may start building the college infrastructure. You must ensure proper utilisation of the land allotted to you. The infrastructure should be in accordance with the requirements of the nursing college.
- Purchase Equipment and Supplies
Further, you will have to purchase beds, drips and syringes etc. for your nursing college. In addition to this, you will need all the supplies that a nurse may use in a hospital, since you will be teaching the future nurses how to use these supplies.
- Develop Curriculum
The next step is to develop a curriculum to be followed. There are many things to be considered while developing the nursing programme. For this, you will need to decide the syllabus to be followed and books to be referred for various courses offered at your college. You will also have to decide the course(s) your nursing college will offer, such as ANM, GNM, B.Sc. (nursing) etc.
- Seek Accreditation
The next step is to apply for accreditation for your nursing college. In India, the Indian Nursing Council (INC) establishes uniform standards of training for nurses, midwives and health visitors. To ensure smooth functioning, you must adhere to the norms and guidelines laid down by the INC.
- Hire Staff
A nursing college should have a highly qualified faculty to teach the students and appropriate support staff to ensure smooth operations in the college. You will have to recruit certified staff that possesses appropriate knowledge in order to be teaching your state-approved curriculum.
- Advertise your Nursing College
The last step is to promote your nursing college. For that, you have to plan out effective marketing strategies such as advertisements in T.V., radio and newspapers, hoardings and banners etc.
The aforesaid steps will guide you to open your own nursing college with ease and comfort.