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Clinical Nurse

Analyse complex health problems and clinical data alongside other health professionals.

What's it like to be a Clinical Nurse?

A Clinical Nurse is a senior Registered Nurse who has usually completed postgraduate study in order to take on additional roles within the healthcare setting.

Tasks and duties

  • Recognise, observe, identify, investigate and provide medical support to patients with complex critical health problems.
  • Monitor patients for any acute changes in their condition and/or deterioration and determine appropriate individual treatment plans.
  • Update and maintain health records in accordance with rules and guidelines, and act as a role model for less experienced staff.
Clinical Nurses are trained to analyse complex health problems, identity a solution or treatment plan, and analyse and interpret clinical data in conjunction with other health professionals.
Working in a variety of settings, Clinical Nurses often specialise in treating various health issues and disease such as within oncology, radiology or mental health situations.

What can I earn as a Clinical Nurse?

The most common salary  for a Clinical Nurse is between $85k and $95k
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How to become a Clinical Nurse

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Ensure you are eligible to practice as a Registered Nurses in Australia. Then undertake postgraduate qualifications to be able to work as a Clinical Nurse. Entry is normally dependent on having completed a Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent), current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holding a substantive position in your chosen specialisation.
  1. Complete a postgraduate qualification in clinical nursing. This is likely to be a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.
  2. Clinical nurses can specialise in a number of different areas, such as adult psychiatric and mental health, diabetes management or adolescent mental health. Some clinical nurses may further their career by becoming a nurse unit manager or a clinical nurse consultant

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Duration 1.5 yrs - 7 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Research skills
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Accountability
  • Communication skills
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How do Clinical Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 21 Clinical Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Intensive Care Nursing
The good things
My role allows me to do my job fairly autonomously. My role is very diverse, and each day is different. I am able to support senior staff as well as guide junior members of the team.
The challenges
The biggest challenge I find is dealing with other peoples personalities. The team I work in is fairly large and we work very closely with each other, as well as needing each other for support, which ...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Nursing is my passion love it and the diversity and rewards you get everyday.it is both a privilege and honour to provide and support your clients in their time of need. The feeling of helping and at ...
The challenges
The challenges can be enormous expecially when you loose someone and day to day can be hectic but you have that and just stay focussed on your clients and what you are there for . It is very exciting ...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered nurse
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Nursing management clinical
The good things
Leadership, communication, providing staff with clinical support, staff training, decision making, working as a team
The challenges
Communication,
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science and Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Emergency Nursing
The good things
Empowering people in times of crisis. Teamwork with excellent people. Fascinating and dynamic work.
The challenges
Unpredictable and busy work. At times can be a volatile work environment. Challenging patient groups.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
post graduate in emergency
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
More engagement in management in your workplace, participating in decision making for the care by using critical thinking, participating in education, audits,and quality improvement .
The challenges
You need to be updated and have a good knowledge, having quick and independent decision making
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Education
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Education
The good things
Transitioning from a level 1 registers nurse role, to a level 2 clinical nurse role was one of the most rewarding points in my nursing career. I felt confident, respected and a sense of achievement in...
The challenges
I definitely felt much more responsibility and accountability for decision making for both patients and juniors nurses. I also started to appreciated budget limitations more - to put it in a diplomati...
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of science in nursing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
ICU
The good things
Nursing is more of a vocation than a profession.... The good things... As a nurse i am able to touch not only my patients life but also their families..Specifically to me as an ICU nurse who looks af...
The challenges
Please refer to my answer on previous number..
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Nurse training
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Mental health
The good things
I have really had an amazing career and I have done some amazing things during my work life
The challenges
It is often difficult if management do not trust you and need to question you about how you do your job. You do need to have thick skin because there are many challenges
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Cardiac theatres
The good things
The work is challenging and rewarding. Cardiac is a team environment with many speciality’s coming together to provide the best outcome for the patient.
The challenges
The case load is high with highly acute patients. Stress levels can be extreme. The cases are long with little chance for relief. Dealing with poor outcomes can be distressing for the whole team.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Palliative care
The good things
As a clinical jurse I’m awarded a certain amount of autonomy within a well supported team. I am often called upon for my knowledge & experience & enjoy providing support & guidance to my fellow nursin...
The challenges
As a clinical nurse you are a mentor, a sounding board, a problem solver, a hero,& sometimes a villain. It is as challenging and it is rewarding. Everyday is an exception to the rule, as nothing stays...
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What are the job opportunities for Clinical Nurses?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Registered Nurses
Latest Clinical Nurse jobs on SEEK
WA Health
Broome & Kimberley
The Clinical Nurse is responsible for providing a high level of Primary Health Care to achieve the optimum state of health for individuals
Blue Care
Gold Coast
Blue Care is currently looking for a full time Clinical Nurse to join our team located at Arundel Woodlands Lodge Aged Care Facility and Labrador Aged
Kalyra Communities
Adelaide
Are you a Registered Nurse looking for the next step in your career? We are looking for our next leader to deliver exceptional clinical care!
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Juniper
Albany & Great Southern
Juniper is now looking for a compassionate and caring Registered Nurse to join our team as a Clinical Nurse Manager at our brand new Korumup facility.
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