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Practice Nurse

Practice Nurse

Work with an interdisciplinary team to provide care to patients and assist general practitioners.

What's it like to be a Practice Nurse?

Practice Nurses are qualified nurses who are employed by medical general practices.

Tasks and duties

  • Support doctors with patient assessments, immunisations, care plans and common health assessments.
  • Assist GPs with small procedures, wound care and chronic disease management plans.
  • Update patients’ files and records, in addition to helping with stock control and ordering supplies.
Practice nursing is a rapidly growing area in the healthcare sector with Practice Nurses working within interdisciplinary healthcare teams in a variety of settings (such as metropolitan, regional, rural) or with specific groups (for example, refugee populations or pregnant women).
Being a Practice Nurse means providing education, advice and support for a range of health issues such as women’s health, aged care, chronic disease management, asthma, mental health, population health and more.

What can I earn as a Practice Nurse?

The most common salary  for a Practice Nurse is between $65k and $75k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Practice Nurse

To become a Practice Nurse in Australia, you first need to be a Registered Nurse or an Enrolled Nurse. Once you are a qualified nurse, there is no specific qualification or training that is required to become a Practice Nurse, however there are pathways you can take to improve your chances of employment in this area.
  1. Be qualified as either an RN or EN. Undertake further short training that will develop your skills for general practice. Short course targeted at delivering immunisations, developing chronic disease management plans or health assessments for people over 75 years are also considered valuable by employers.
  2. Renew your annual registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  3. Practice Nurses with experience may become Senior Practice Nurses and may lead a team and coordinate patient care. Postgraduate courses in primary care, community nurses and general practice are also available for those wishing to further their career.

Explore Practice Nurse qualifications

Duration 1 yr - 7 yrs
32 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Communication skills
  • Working with children check
  • Task management
  • Problem solving

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Time management
  • Team work
  • Adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Autonomy
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Practice Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 71 Practice Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Nursing
The good things
The role requires many skills which can be learnt and developed on the job so, plenty of learning oportunities. Medicine is evolving. Practice nursing is different every day and you are never doing th...
The challenges
Can be a stressful environment. Time management is crucial. Some days patients just keep flooding in and pressure is on to see everyone in a timely fashion. We try to do our best by everyone as health...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Practice nursing
The good things
A lot of variety and you get to interact with different age groups in the practice
The challenges
Time management is a challenge specially during flu season where everyone wants a flushot
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Post Graduate Certificate Eye, Ear, Nose& Throat Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Immunisations
The good things
Regular hours are good. Forming long-term relationships with patients is very rewarding, as is seeing people get better. It’s knowing you can make a difference in people’s lives by sharing knowledge a...
The challenges
Staff and their different personalities can be a challlenge as they’re not all team players. Time management is important as it’s easy to get too involved & forget there is a schedule.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
OPD Surgery Nurse
The good things
It is actually a good career especially for working moms. You will have a good work-life balance.
The challenges
It is seldom that you will have challenges in the workplace but again sometimes it is inevitable to encounter one or two. I say it is mostly pressure from clients and patients and the their families.
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Nursing
The good things
Being able to make positive changes to achieve a better work environment
The challenges
Salary and pay rewards are poor
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
General Practice
The good things
Good things are you have a decent work time of 9am-5pm that means no shift work thus better health, not as physically demanding as in acute hospital settings, a slower pace and more chronic approach t...
The challenges
Challenges or less desirable things are facing rude and demanding patients whom you cannot reason with, particularly those from non-English speaking or different cultural backgrounds, communication ba...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
masters of organisation and inofrmatics
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
chronic disease
The good things
Autonomy within the role whilst at the same time being part of the health team, that can achieve positive patient health outcomes. variety of situations/tasks within practice appreciation of the doct...
The challenges
information systems
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Post Graduate Diploma Health Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Practicec Nurse
The good things
“Nursing is a tough job unless you’re passionate" The good things If you are passionate about nursing it an exceptionally rewarding career. The patients are often friendly and will recognise nurses w...
The challenges
Believe in yourself and your training. Dont be put off from other practice nurses who are already in the role as they may have bad habits already. Be keen and eager to learn and give things ago. As...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Practice Nurse
The good things
Meeting new people, never the same sort of day, inspiring people, meeting people who inspire you
The challenges
Some patients can be difficult or make a certain task challenging
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Translation
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
general practice
The good things
if you are sick of shift works, general practice could be a choice of your list. most of the places employ practice nurse to cover Monday to Friday, however, not every place offer full time position. ...
The challenges
PHN, GPs, Receptionist, Practice Managers
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Practice Nurses?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Practice Nurse jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Registered Nurses
Latest Practice Nurse jobs on SEEK
Private Advertiser
Bundaberg & Wide Bay Burnett
Practice Nurse - Full Time Required
Ballarat Group Practice
Ballarat & Central Highlands
Ballarat Group Practice is one of the largest medical practices in the Ballarat region and we are currently seeking a Registered Div 1 Fulltime nurse.
Prosthodontic Centre
Melbourne
Our Specialist Prosthodontic Practice in Glen Iris is looking for a full time Dental Nurse to complete our friendly team.
Hypermarket Medical Centre
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Experience General Practice Nurse required - Casual
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