ANM(Auxiliary Nurse Midwife)

Auxiliary Nurse Midwife, commonly known as ANM, is a female health worker in India who is known as the first contact person between the community and the health services. ANMs are regarded as the grass-roots workers in the health organisation pyramid. Their services are considered important to provide safe and effective care to communities. The role may help communities achieve the targets of national health programmes.
The Malwa Group strives to provide continued leadership in non-traditional education with an emphasis on educating licensed practical nurses to advance to the associate degree registered nurse level; to offer opportunities to men and women of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and to those who might otherwise have been excluded from career advancement; to prepare graduates who benefit from their increased level of expertise; and to provide the base for further professional education.
  • Program Levels: Diploma
  • Prerequisites: 10+2
  • Program Length: 2 years

Highlights

ANMs works at health sub-centres. The sub-centre is a small village-level institution that provides primary health care to the community. The sub-centre works under the Primary Health Centre (PHC). Each PHC usually has around six such sub-centres. ANMs are expected to be multi-purpose health workers. ANM-related work includes maternal and child health along with family planning services, health and nutrition education, efforts for maintaining environmental sanitation, immunisation for the control of communicable diseases, treatment of minor injuries, and first aid in emergencies and disasters.

Career Options

Registered ANM have good scope in public as well as private sector. They are specially trained to look after the health needs of people living mainly in the rural areas, particularly mother and children. All sectors are in high need of their service. They can also work as home nurses or as community health workers on a regular paid basis.

On completion of the course, the ANM/FHW will be able to:
  • Appreciate the concept of holistic health and understand the influence of socioeconomic and environmental factors on the health status of the community.
  • Identify health problems/needs and resources in the community and mobilize social support for active participation of the community in health care activities.
  • Provide preventive, promotive, restorative and emergency health care to individuals and community as required.
  • Provide treatment of minor ailments.
  • Provide skilled midwifery services to all mothers in the community and refer mothers at risk to hospitals.
  • Provide skilled care to all neonates in community and refer neonates at risk to the appropriate levels.
  • Render skilled child care services at home, clinic and school.
  • Guide/Train birth attendants, Anganwadi workers (AWW)s, other community health activists and volunteers.
  • Provide need-based information and counselling related to health of individuals, family and groups.
  • Participate in all the National health and Family welfare programmes at community level.
  • Act as a team member in the health care delivery system.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the other health team members and community based organizations, non-govt. organizations (NGO) and village administration.
  • Manage the health centre including equipments and supplies, and maintain the records in order to provide quality based people friendly services.
  • Updates knowledge and skills for professional and personal growth.

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