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Nurse

Work as part of a care team in a hospital, medical practice or community healthcare setting.

What's it like to be a Nurse?

Nurses provide medical and nursing care to patients. Nursing care can be provided in hospital, at home or in outpatient facilities. Nurses work as part of a care team that includes doctors, therapists and social workers. The nursing profession includes roles such as Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses, Practice Nurses, Theatre Nurses, Mental Health Nurses and Clinical Nurses.

Nurse

Tasks and duties

  • Planning nursing requirements and creating a care plan.
  • Taking and recording vital signs, such as patient temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar.
  • Collecting patient samples.
  • Providing pre- and post-operative nursing care.
  • Writing care notes.
  • Providing emotional support to patients and relatives.
  • Administering and monitoring medication and intravenous drips.
  • Supervising and tutoring junior nurses and students.
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Nursing is generally a good fit for those who love working with people and are interested in a work environment that’s constantly changing. Nurses need to have strong communication skills, be organised and work well with others to meet the demands of the job. They can be required to work shifts at all hours, so flexibility is key.

What can I earn as a Nurse?

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Nurse roles in AUS were typically advertised between $70k and $100k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Nurse


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To become a Nurse, there are two different pathways to choose from: Endorsed Enrolled Nurse and Registered Nurse.

  1. To become an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, you will need to complete a Diploma in Nursing (HLT54115).
  2. To become a Registered Nurse, complete a bachelor degree in the field of nursing. This could be a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science (majoring in Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies). Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program.
  3. All nurses must apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration must be renewed annually.

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Bachelor of Nursing

This degree provides you with the skills and knowledge for a career as a Registered Nurse.
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Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

Develop knowledge and skills to prepare for work as a Registered Nurse in the healthcare industry with this bachelor qualification.

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Latest Nurse reviews

Latest reviews from 35 Nurses surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Nursing - there are easier ways (careers) to earn a wage. Steer clear of nursing and perhaps pick an allied health career
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Mental Health Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
The good things When I started in this role (approx. 40 years ago) the work was satisfying when I could see patients being given good care and recovering so they could be discharged. There was more op...
The challenges
As listed in last answer - shift work on a 24/7 roster, including all public holidays; working in an infectious environment espic. with Covid 19; often working overtime with no pay; little support fro...
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Mar 2021
"Nursing the Profession like nothing else"
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
When you are born with the inherent abilities to genuinely care for people (empathy +++++) without judgement then the Nursing and particularly Mental Health Nursing is a great career as with these cli...
The challenges
I have spent many years of caring for the most unwell and vulnerable people in various areas of Sydney but until the mix of the most destructive factor "ïce" entered the lives of those who were strugg...
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