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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Nurse is between $65k and $75k
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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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How do Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 16 Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
4.1
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
3.8

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Aug 2019
Nursing was tough but extremely rewarding and great for your heart and soul!
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Health (Nursing)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
No longer nursing
The good things
When I was an endorsed nurse, I loved the heart warming smiles from the beautiful elderly residents when I’d knock and walk into their room. Whether it was with medication or a cup of tea, after getti...
The challenges
Dementia residents were always a challenge but, once getting to know them and having their right medication and trust, gorgeous people!
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Aug 2019
Nursing is a hard job relative to other jobs
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Humanitarian
The good things
Good things about my role are helping others, working with people for a common cause, working abroad.
The challenges
Low-income relative to working in businesses, contracts duration is the same as the duration of the project, working in high-risk areas
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Working hours for Nurses

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
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What are the job opportunities for Nurses?

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Job opportunities

Nurse jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
11.7%
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Source: LMIP. Registered Nurses

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