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.
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.
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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How to become a Nurse
- To become an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, you will need to complete a Diploma in Nursing (HLT54115).
- 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.
- All nurses must apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration must be renewed annually.
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