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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Mita Palit
Profession – Nursing
Designation – Senior Staff Nurse
OrganisationTata Main Hospital, Tata Steel
Age – 52
Work Experience (Years) – 30
Under-Graduation – B.A, Women’s College, Jamshedpur
Professional Qualification – Diploma course in Nursing

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started my nursing training at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital at Jamshedpur. I spent 5 years from 1985 to 1990 there.
Then, I worked at some local nursing homes. Rajasthan Seva Sadan Hospital at Jamshedpur was one of them.
My first permanent job was at ISCO in Burnpur, West Bengal. I worked there for two years from 1991 to 1993.
From 1993, I joined Tata Main Hospital that is run by Tata Steel. I currently work as a Senior staff Nurse there.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

I have a shift duty and I generally work for 8 hours a day. Our night duty is of 10 hours.
Our foremost work is to take care of the patient.
My ward is a post-operative ward and has 65 patients. We need to remember which medication has been prescribed to which patient and take rounds with the doctors, make treatment charts, temperature charts, food charts etc. Also we need to divide our time equally for each patient so that we get to attend to all their problems. Being a senior staff, I also have to guide the junior staff members.

Average Income in Nursing Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your Nursing profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Not Risky

After you complete your degree you generally get a job in a hospital or nursing home.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in Nursing  Profession?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of Nursing Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering Nursing profession?

Through diploma courses in Nursing or through Degree courses such as B Sc in Nursing.


How would you rate Stress-Level in Nursing Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
You don’t have to be extra studious to excel in the job. Anybody who is hard working and smart and easy going can excel.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

The cost is 2-3 lakhs in private institutions.
The cost of education in government institutions is comparatively very less or sometimes negligible.

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be easy-going and flexible with life
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

One has to be flexible with the situations because we deal with human bodies, which can react to things contrary to expectations. But one also has to be disciplined when a problem occurs or situations can turn otherwise.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?

This profession is a very noble profession as we strive to save human lives. We try our level best to make people as healthy as normal. Our mental satisfaction in saving human lives, thus, is the most positive thing about this field.
The work ethics in this field are very strong. We co-operate with each other to help patients heal.
Nursing is also interesting, as we come across so many people from different backgrounds who help us understand life better.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?

1. Pay scale in this field has reduced now because fewer people are made permanent in hospitals and more are kept only on a contract basis.
2. Nursing exposes us to a lot of germs and diseases, which can make us ill and weak too.
3. It can be stressful at times. Especially when people behave outrageously on their patient’s death. Many people not only become unpolite but also violent.
4. The work gets too hectic sometimes, especially when there is a calamity such as wide-spread flu etc.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Difficult

Working individually as a nurse is not possible. One has to work in a hospital or in a nursing home or with a doctor doing private practice.

How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

Nursing. Because I wanted to be a part of this field.