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Updated: May 26, 2012 10:41 IST

She nurses and fulfils dream of a career in IAS

K. P. M. Basheer
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Annies Kanmani Joy
Annies Kanmani Joy

She may probably be the first nurse to get into the hallowed Civil Service and she is excited that her success would inspire more professional nurses to take the road to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

Annies Kanmani Joy (26), who hails from a farmer's family of Pampakuda in Ernakulam district, has secured the 65th rank in the just-published Civil Service Exam results. Ms. Joy, who holds a B. Sc. (Nursing) degree from the Trivandrum Medical College, is the daughter of Parappalil Joy and Leela.

She was placed at 580th position in last year's Civil Service exam and selected as a member of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS). She is now undergoing ICAS training in Faridabad, Haryana. She was keen on getting into the IAS and hence opted to try her luck again and came out with flying colours.

Ms. Joy told The Hindu by phone from Faridabad that since there were 85 vacancies of IAS officers in the general category this year, she was confident of getting recruited for the IAS as she could secure the 65th rank. To her knowledge, Ms. Joy said, she was the first professional nurse to be selected for the position.

Ms. Joy started working for the examination only after she passed out of the medical college as she was not aware that one could take the Civil Service exam after a nursing degree. She had opted Psychology and Malayalam Literature as her optional subjects for the Civil Service exam.

After her four-year BSc. (Nursing) and one-year internship, Ms. Joy had trained for sometime at the Kerala Civil Service Academy, Thiruvananthapuram. Though she had done well at the nursing exam, she had never worked as a nurse. Ms. Joy's younger sister is doing her MSc. (Nursing) at Belgaum, Karnataka.

Her mother Leela told The Hindu that Ms. Joy was very hard-working and ambitious. Her daughter had no role model either in her family or in her husband's family, she said.

Ms. Joy's victory has warmed the hearts of the legion of nurses from Kerala who serve all over the world, including the far-flung towns of Africa. Kerala nurses are esteemed for their professional skill, competence and compassion in Europe and the U.S. However, in Kerala, outside the government sector, nurses are paid abysmally low wages, forcing them to go on strike at many reputed hospitals.

The S. Balaraman Committee, appointed by the UDF government, last week came up with a report recommending massive hike in their salaries, better service conditions and the scrapping of the obnoxious ‘bond system' that tethered the nurses to the hospitals where they work for years.

The authorities in Pampakuda are planning to give a reception to Ms. Joy when she visits her home.

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Many many congratulation to really proved that nurses are not less than any other professionals.we are much more intellectual and competent than many others.keep it up.

from:  lukima
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 20:55 IST

Congratulations Annies for this excellent achievement. You showed the guts and commitment to follow your dream, hope you're achievement motivates other nurses to achieve more than just being a side kick to the doctors and management of hospitals. This is really an eye opener for the nursing community they are the most oppressed of professionals in the healthcare sector. Having settled in UK as a nurse I totally agree to the comments in your article, nurses from Kerala are regarded in high esteem here in the UK for the dedication, sincerity, hard work and attitude towards the profession they are well paid and have more authority than the doctors and are responsible to the patients. But in Kerala they receive total neglect and serve as bonded labour slaves during their course they have to do free service and pay fees, then they have to serve a bond ranging from 1-4 years for negligible salaries and then when they have finished they are at the mercy of the hospital management.

from:  arun mathew
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 19:33 IST

Congratulations to Ms. Joy.
It is high time Indians in general and Keralites in particular gave nursing profession the respect it deserves.

from:  George Sebastian
Posted on: May 8, 2012 at 03:07 IST

she is great&excellent way of all studying students,i wish her for all way success.

from:  vairavanvijayamoorthy
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 20:07 IST

this is one of the steps woman go up the ladder wish them all the best and courage to shine in their work

from:  ajitkumar
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 14:24 IST

Congratulations to Annies on your victory in getting IAS. Yes you are the first Nurse to get this. I hope you fight for the rights of Nurses all over India in getting a fare treatment at all levels.

from:  Thomas Kocherry
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 05:31 IST
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