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Clinical Nurse

Analyse complex health problems and clinical data alongside other health professionals.

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.

What can I earn as a Clinical Nurse?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Clinical Nurse is between $85k and $95k

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How to become a Clinical Nurse


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Ensure you are eligible to practice as a Registered Nurses in Australia. Then undertake postgraduate qualifications to be able to work as a Clinical Nurse. Entry is normally dependent on having completed a Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent), current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holding a substantive position in your chosen specialisation.

  1. Complete a postgraduate qualification in clinical nursing. This is likely to be a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.
  2. Clinical nurses can specialise in a number of different areas, such as adult psychiatric and mental health, diabetes management or adolescent mental health. Some clinical nurses may further their career by becoming a nurse unit manager or a clinical nurse consultant

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How do Clinical Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 22 Clinical Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
4.4
Pay / Salary
4.2
Variety of work
4.4

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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
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
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.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
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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Working hours for Clinical Nurses

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Clinical Nurses?

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National increase over next 5 years *
11.7%
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