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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.

Registered Nurse

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

Latest reviews from 12 Registered Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.0

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May 2020
It's closer to being a nun than a doctor.
Reviewer's Qualification
BA RN
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
I.C.U.
The good things
Attending work when there's less traffic. The job requires a high ethical and moral standard for the patient which means your own needs are secondary. Get use to everyone else is right and you are alw...
The challenges
Shift work over long periods of time wreck you mentally and physically. Learn how to be humble, every moment of every day.
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Nursing/Midwifery is my career, one I would never change
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery
The good things
Assisting people in one of the happiest times of their lives can be a wonderful experience. Just knowing that you have made a positive impact on their journey into parenthood is one of the most reward...
The challenges
Midwifery has daily challenges that are as diverse as the people we assist. Language and culture are just a couple of challenges that are faced daily but you will find the crossings of culture so inte...
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