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Nursing ambitions

Compassionate and caring. That’s K. Revathi for you an alumnus from the Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu. A native of Paruthiyur near Semmangudi village, Revathi studied till class X from a school in the village.

She shifted to the neighbouring Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi in 2008 to pursue her higher secondary from the institution. The school was 3 km away from her village but her parents brought her a bicycle to commute from school to home every day.

In fact, bicycles are a common means of transport used by students coming to study at the Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu. The total number of bicycles parked in the school on a given day is close to 800.

Both her parents are marginal farmers from the neighbouring Paruthiyur village. Revathi has three other sisters with the elder two married. Revathi is third and her younger sister is currently pursuing class X from Paruthiyur village.

Revathi opted for the commerce stream in her higher secondary and she managed to score 625/1200 in her class XII board examinations in 2010. Recounting her public exam performance, Revathi says her father’s illness resulted in her not being able to put in her best.

But Revathi made up for the lost marks. She changed track and joined a government approved nursing (Sri Balaji Nursing & Paramedical College, Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu) to pursue a two year course in nursing from 2010 to 2012. Post that, she joined a government hospital in Irugur (near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu) where she gained first hand experience of nursing across units—OPD (out patient department), OT (operation theatre) and critical care.

After working in Irugur for two years, Revathi moved to Chennai in 2014 and became a home nurse. She is currently drawing over Rs, 20,000 per month. Revathi attributes her success to the discipline and focus that she imbibed while studying in the Semmangudi Higher Secondary School, Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu. Her exposure to various extracurricular activities while studying in the educational institute helped shape her personality. And sample of that is that today a girl from a small village from southern Tamil Nadu is a successful home nurse in Chennai earning more than Rs 20,000 per month.

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