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 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.
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How to become a Clinical Nurse
- 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.
- Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and gain experience working as a Registered Nurse.
- 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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