Clinical Nurse

Analyse complex health problems and clinical data alongside other health professionals.
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What's it like to be a Clinical Nurse?

A Clinical Nurse is a senior Registered Nurse who has usually completed postgraduate study in order to take on additional roles within the healthcare setting.
Clinical Nurse

Tasks and duties

  • Recognise, observe, identify, investigate and provide medical support to patients with complex critical health problems.
  • Monitor patients for any acute changes in their condition and/or deterioration and determine appropriate individual treatment plans.
  • Update and maintain health records in accordance with rules and guidelines, and act as a role model for less experienced staff.
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Clinical Nurses are trained to analyse complex health problems, identity a solution or treatment plan, and analyse and interpret clinical data in conjunction with other health professionals.Working in a variety of settings, Clinical Nurses often specialise in treating various health issues and disease such as within oncology, radiology or mental health situations.

How to become a Clinical Nurse

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To work as a Clinical Nurse, you will need to be a Registered Nurse. Additional postgraduate study is typically required to gain employment as a Clinical Nurse.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Nursing. This typically takes 3 years of full-time study. Alternatively, if you have already completed a degree in a different field, complete a masters degree in nursing.
  2. Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and gain experience working as a Registered Nurse.
  3. Complete a relevant postgraduate qualification such as a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing or a masters degree. Employment or experience in a specialty area of nursing such as aged care, oncology or general medicine may be required for entry.

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How do Clinical Nurses rate their role?

Average ratings calculated from 36 Clinical Nurses surveyed on SEEK.
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Latest Clinical Nurse reviews

Latest reviews from 35 Clinical Nurses surveyed on SEEK.

Oct 2018
I choose nursing late in life, I felt that my life experiences led me there. I know that I have held the hands of dying residents who did not have anyone else. That is a privilege and I provided comfort and kindness. This is the most rewarding and important part of my job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Aged care
The good things
I have been able to support myself well a strong independent person. I was able to work my way up to a management position within 5 yrs. Their is lot of responsibility in this role because you are dea...
The challenges
Responsibility of peoples health and life decisions. A lot of nurses work shifts. I did this until I became manager.
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Oct 2018
nursing can be challenging, stressful, emotionally draining, but for me mostly rewarding.
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Bachelor of Nursing Science
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Acute nursing
The good things
Being acknowledged for my expertise. Being able to mentor and teach other nurses. Having the knowledge and ability to help diagnose and implement care at a high level. Being involved in decision mak...
The challenges
Ensuring that graduate nurses continue to learn, improve and implement a high level of nursing care. Being responsible for a large number of nurses with varying levels of knowledge and abilities is ...
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