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Nurse Practitioner

Provide advanced nursing care to patients.
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What's it like to be a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses with a masters degree who have been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide advanced, clinical care to patients. While Registered Nurses typically work in a team with physicians, Nurse Practitioners can work independently as a primary health care provider or may specialise in a variety of areas, such as women's health, acute care or paediatrics. While both positions help care for patients, Nurse Practitioners can perform additional medical procedures and duties, such as prescribing medication. Nurse Practitioners often work in rural and remote areas, where demand for health services is high due to gaps in existing health care.

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Tasks and duties

  • Providing high quality health care.
  • Performing advanced health assessments.
  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests such as x-rays.
  • Diagnosing health problems.
  • Managing patients’ overall care.
  • Prescribing medications.
  • Making and receiving referrals to and from other health professionals.
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To become a Nurse Practitioner, you will need to complete a masters degree in nursing. Entry to these courses generally requires a Registered Nurse licence and at least 3 years’ full-time advanced practice experience (within the last 6 years).

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Nursing then apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become a Registered Nurse.
  2. Gain experience as a Registered Nurse before commencing work within a specialty area of clinical practice.
  3. Complete an accredited postgraduate degree, such as a graduate certificate, in a clinical field of your choice.
  4. Gain experience in an advanced clinical nursing role in your chosen speciality area.
  5. Complete an accredited masters degree, such as a Master of Nurse Practitioner.
  6. Gain at least 3 years of full-time advanced nursing experience.
  7. Apply for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry)

This qualification provides a pathway into a role as a Registered Nurse if you already hold a Bachelor degree in another discipline.

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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

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Latest Nurse Practitioner reviews

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May 2021
Being a nurse practitioner is difficult at times but extremely rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Respiratory medicine
The good things
Great to be able to help treat people with chronic respiratory conditions and make their lives better. Autonomy is a positive being a nurse practitioner.
The challenges
The challenges can be the feeling of being isolated as there aren’t many nurse practitioners in the field.
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May 2021
Absolutely rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Emergency
The good things
If you are academically motivated, want an intellectually rewarding job while caring for your patients, this is the domain for you in nursing.
The challenges
Not everyone likes to be treated by a nurse practitioner and the scope is limited and influenced by a variety of surrounding factors.
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