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Registered Nurse

A challenging and rewarding career where you can make a real difference in peoples' lives.

What's it like to be a Registered Nurse?

Registered nurses (often referred to as RNs) deliver primary health care predominantly in hospital, aged care, community or school settings.

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Tasks and duties

  • Observing and recording patient healthcare problems and behaviour
  • Giving medication to patients and operating medical equipment associated with patients' healthcare outcomes.
  • Preparing patients for examinations, assisting in operations and providing post-operative care.
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RNs also play an important role in health promotion, chronic disease management and prevention of illness by providing care, information and education to individuals and members of the community.

The role of an RN may vary depending on the patients you see and the setting in which you work, but RNs tend to work collaboratively with other skilled professionals such as doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists, speciality nurses and others to provide patient care.

What can I earn as a Registered Nurse?

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How to become a Registered Nurse


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To become a Registered Nurse in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing. These are usually full time courses over three years, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index. The courses provide a blend of theory and clinical nursing experiences.

  1. 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.
  2. Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as an RN. Registration must be renewed annually.
  3. RNs with several years' experience can move into more specialised roles (such as aged care, neonatology or neurological care), transfer into the medical administrative sector or become a nurse unit manager.

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Latest Registered Nurse reviews

Latest reviews from 211 Registered Nurses surveyed on SEEK
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Jun 2021
Nursing is highly challenging however, I still can't imagine of any other way better way of serving sick and needy people in community
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged CARE
The good things
Good things - A sense of satisfaction you get after taking care of patients, when you see them recovering and leading a better and quality life - Especial bonding and attachment looking after aged peo...
The challenges
Handling families and patients who keeps on complaining despite the best care you have given
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May 2021
I would not recommend nursing to anyone who values themselves
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Registered Nurse
The good things
Nursing can be a rewarding job if you're passionate about it. There is a lot of variety in the different areas you can work. The job certainly teaches you to be resilient and helps you develop so many...
The challenges
The challenges with working as a nurse far outweighs the positives for me. I don't love the job enough to value it above things like work/lifestyle balance, being underpaid and understaffed, and worki...
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