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.
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.
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How to become a Registered Nurse
- Complete an approved bachelor degree such as a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science (Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing Science. To gain entry to these courses, you must meet English language requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
- Alternatively, if you have already completed an undergraduate degree in a different field, complete a two-year masters degree in nursing.
- Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practise as an RN. Registration must be renewed annually.
- 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 or Nurse Practitioner.
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