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.
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.
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
- 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.
- Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice 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.
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