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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.

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?

The most common salary  for a Registered Nurse is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Registered Nurse

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.

Explore Registered Nurse qualifications

View courses to get qualified to work as a Registered Nurse, including full time and part time options.

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)
  • Written skills
  • Working with children check
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Professional ethics

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability
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How do Registered Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 51 Registered Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Emergency Department
The good things
There is a wide diversity of areas to work in with the ability to change the number of hours worked in relation to your own current needs. You would need to be flexible and have a fair degree of empat...
The challenges
There is a need to continue study throughout your working life that you cannot always easily fit into your life often spilling over into your own time. There is difficulties fitting all necessary care...
5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
NICU
The good things
Amazing role that can be as challenging nor as relaxed as you like. Always opportunities to study and expand your career
The challenges
Always new ways to do things
3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Acute
The good things
Using expertise to help patients
The challenges
Ungrateful people
5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Gain satisfaction to help people often at their most vulnerable and developing professional interpersonal relationships.
The challenges
Not always being able to help everyone depending on the situation.
3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Rural
The good things
If you are passionate about nursing it an exceptionally rewarding career. The patients are often friendly and will recognise nurses who have looked after them well in the outside world. You can make a...
The challenges
There are patients and families who will treat you terribly but they are not as common as the good ones. It can be challenging to lose a patient especially the nice ones. The most important thing is o...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered general nurse /midwife
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery
The good things
Caring for and supporting mothers in.pregnancy and at delivery. Supporting couples and families through the birthing experience
The challenges
Managing workloads with demands from.patients and doctors
4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of science in nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Emergency
The good things
you get to ease people's pain and worries educate them in health and empower people and make them well again always makes people thankfull
The challenges
Shift work can be demanding and sometimes other colleagues can be challenging to work with
5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Postgraduate certificate
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
I work within the primary health care system. This allows for a more consistent interaction with our patients which increases our sense of satisfaction and allows for continuity of care. Primary care ...
The challenges
If I’m the wrong organisation the daily tasks of primary care can be boring
5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nur
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Deme
The good things
I love being able to make a difference in my residents lives. I have been working on reducing antipsychotic medication. I have just started postgrad study. I love my job.
The challenges
Physical aggression, some GPs are stuck in their ways. Short staffing, pay not the best BUT money isn't everything.
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
masters of midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
fertility
The good things
It is flexible and can lead you to a variety of health settings, you get to meet lots of different people and have a supportive and positive difference. You view life through different eyes than most ...
The challenges
It can be sad and emotionally draining and you will never be a millionaire but the rewards are amazing. Shift work can be very tiring.
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What are the job opportunities for Registered Nurses?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Registered Nurse jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Registered Nurses
Latest Registered Nurse jobs on SEEK
Deloraine Age Care
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Division 2 Registered Nurse
PULSE Staffing
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
Calling all Aged Care Registered Nurses for Casual work across Sydney Eastern Suburbs NSW
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Bupa Aged Care Australia
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
Bupa Clemton Park is looking for Registered Nurses with a passion for Aged Care to join the team on a casual basis.
Redstone Recruitment Pty Ltd
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Currently looking for Aged Care Senior Registered Nurses who want to take the step into a management role! Must be enthusiastic and open to relocate!
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