It was a humble beginning with a small batch of 20 young girls for general nursing and midwifery course in 1982 in the borrowed space in the Choithram Montessori school building, and today Choithram College of Nursing is being considered a ‘center of excellence’ among the nursing fraternity in the country.
Over the years we went on adding new courses and new dimensions to the existing educational programs. In 1996 B.Sc. nursing was started and in 2005 M.Sc. nursing in five specialties was initiated. Diploma (GNM) program was stopped after establishing degree program, in phased manner in 1999. Three clinical specialization diploma courses affiliated by INC recognized by Madhya Pradesh Nursing Council have been stated.
The PhD in nursing, the highest degree started in the year 2014 with 06 seats. Ph.D. program affiliated to Devi Ahilya university.
Nursing is a career that is both challenging as well as rewarding. This wonderful profession encompasses caring, compassion, humanity, scientific basis, organizational savvy, capacity to manage complex situations and much more. To select prospective candidates for this challenging profession we are mainly concerned about their suitability. Therefore, personality testing prior to admission for basic nursing program is useful to facilitate selection of more emotionally stable individuals. Nursing students undergo an intensive training for taking care of patients. Almost every patient has a heightened emotional element in the illness. Much unpleasantness and emotional outburst of a patient or his relative can be eliminated or controlled by emotionally balanced nurses, because properly balanced and emotionally stable persons are reasonably happy and make others also happy. Integrated personality is one of the important criteria for selection of prospective candidates who will become effective and competent nurses in future. Nevertheless, the students are further helped to develop the qualities of emotional stability during their training through Yoga and personality development sessions.
Once selected the students become part of the big Choithram family where all their physical, emotional and academic needs are carefully met in order to nurture them holistically. In students, we recognize the uniqueness and diversity of each person. They are respected, protected and also given opportunities for self determination and self-expression with confidence and dignity.
When we look back, we are filled with nostalgia and pride. Our students are placed in reputed health care and educational institutions in India and abroad, enjoying successful careers in nursing. Feedback from them gives us tremendous satisfaction. We hope we will continue to make ‘our best better’ in the days to come producing not just excellent nurses but women with substance.