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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
31 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • AHPRA registration
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Computer literacy
  • Flexiblity
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Written skills
  • Working with children check
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Professional ethics

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • CPR certification
  • Computer skills
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Immunisation Certificate
  • 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 5Mar 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Ophthalmology
The good things
It’s challenging, everyday is different, but it’s a very rewarding job! I love having the opportunity to help the community - seeing how people’s vision impact their every day life is literally an “ey...
The challenges
Specialising in ophthalmology is pretty cool! But it can narrow your options if you plan to live and work in Auckland. You can choose to work in the ward, the clinic, in both public and private sector...
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Palliative care
The good things
Nursing is not just a job, but a true calling, to get fulfilment and remuneration to do something that comes naturally to you and make a difference to those in the most vulnerable position in their li...
The challenges
Shift work is not as daunting as it may seem, you get used to it but it can be hard. Working those public holidays and weekends that could be spent with my family are now spent with my ‘work family’
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Meducine
The good things
Rewarding job Good pay , continous education
The challenges
Hard work
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Rating:3
Date received:
Nursing can be great but be aware of the pitfalls
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing/graduate diploma in Midwifery
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Antenatal care (midwifery)
The good things:Nursing/midwifery provides lots of employment opportunities. Lots of diversity in terms of the challenges of patient care. People are the same the world over so you can travel and work almost anywhere.
The challenges:For me, the worst thing is that unfortunately, bullying is rampant throughout nursing and midwifery. There are a huge amount of journal articles examining exactly that. It is horrendous. For such a caring profession, we unfortunately have a terrible reputation of “eating our young”. Shift work is challenging. You also almost never get holidays when you want them. They are ALWAYS short staffed.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Mental health nursing
Reviewer's Qualification:Post graduate certificate in health sciences
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Mental health
The good things:Mental health is challenging but rewarding. There is always chances of career progression
The challenges:It is challenging due to the staff shortages and lack of fu ding for more staff
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing Management
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:A role that is both rewarding and challenging with a variety of career pathways
The challenges:Fast paced with daily challenges. Never dull
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Challenging but always varied
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Mental health
The good things:Satisfaction in knowing you’ve helped people with their recovery
The challenges:Priorities and time management is key
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing study is hard work but its worth it
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachlor of Nursing
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Aged care
The good things:Best profession in world. Serving people and make them to laugh
The challenges:Keep smiling in everyday challenge
Rating:1
Date received:Feb 2018
Stop and think about yourself before committing nursing
Reviewer's Qualification:registered nurse
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:acute private hospital
The good things:Much as I love nursing I do not recommend it to anyone the shifts are awful pay is ok and you get a good feeling helping others,BUT there are never enough staff to do your job properly and patients deserve to be given the care they need and at the present time we are all over worked stressed and burning out especially in the private sector where it is all about money not care.
The challenges:Unless staffing issues are sorted out I recomend you do something else
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is a Calling
Reviewer's Qualification:Post Graduate Certificate in Speciality Nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Recovery and Oncology
The good things:The good things: My managers recognize and acknowledge my skills and have given my the opportunity to work the different units of this hospital related to my skill
The challenges:Challenges: Being employed in a small institute, if you are the only skilled personnel in the work you do, you hardly are able to get time off without jeopardizing quality patient care
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is a tough job but can be very fullfilling
Reviewer's Qualification:Registered general nurse uk
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:General nurse medical/surgical
The good things:Nursing is a great career but can be hard at first but the rewards out weigh the bad times great team work needed to get thru tough times together.
The challenges:Working with people who do not fir in the team
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is tough but worth it
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Occupational Health
The good things:It’s a great career to be able to travel and work. You also can work any a lot of different areas
The challenges:Aggressive clients and the need to perform to a high standard or lives are at risk
Rating:2
Date received:
Nursing: A calling, not a job! Do something else!!!
Reviewer's Qualification:Registered Nurse and Midwife
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Miwifery
The good things:Meeting many different people. Being able to help people. Caring for people. Attending a Normal Delivery and seeing the reaction of Mother/ Father and friends was a great rush.
The challenges:Having to attend & pay for courses for things I had been doing for 40+ Years. Dealing with reverse sex discrimination, me being a male in a female role. Increased aggression from staff, and, particularly, from patients and their relatives. The last shift I worked, a son in law punched me in the face and dropped me to the floor. I left and have never returned.
Rating:4
Date received:
Mchn review
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of nursing science, postgraduate diploma of midwifery science, masters in family, child and community health
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things:Working and helping people
The challenges:Can be stressful
Rating:5
Date received:
Great satisfaction
Reviewer's Qualification:Graduate diploma of management
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Maternity
The good things:To have a major role in the most life changing time of someone life, the birth of their baby
The challenges:It's a demanding job that is emotionally and physically challenging
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Practice nursing is not for everyone but I love the autonomy
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 is a great area of nursing that is just as supportive if not more than secondary care in hospitals with an autonomous approach that with the right organisation allows for professional and personal growth
The challenges:If I’m the wrong organisation the daily tasks of primary care can be boring
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is a highly challenging career but highly rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Aged care
The good things:Nursing is a rewarding career. It is also diverse, there are so many areas within the health profession you can work. I stsrted working in NICU for first 10 years, then spent the next 5 years working in medical/ rehab.I've been working in aged care the past 6years. If you are interested in nursing as a career I'd thoroughly recommend it.
The challenges:Nursing is a demanding job both physically and mentally but is highly rewarding when you have positive outcomes.
Rating:4
Date received:
Nursing/ Midwifery
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 empathy to work in this role. I find it a priveledge to work with people in a very vulnerable stage of their lives, and to be able to give the non conditional care that you would expect for yourself.
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 into an allocated time too.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Challenging but rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Aged care
The good things:I like the variety nursing bring to my role, no day is the same. My job keeps challenging me on a daily basis which keeps me stimulated and of course being able to help the disadvantaged people in our society. Nursing can be a very rewarding job.
The challenges:Shift work can be a challenge and the work pressure. You have to be able to adapt to a high paced work environment.
Rating:4
Date received:
Hard tiring but so rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things:The positive experience of helping patients to achieve a good outcome.
The challenges:Must remain up to date with knowledge and current trends.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Moving into Nursing is the best career move I have ever made
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing and Psychology
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Dialysis /Remote Area Nurse
The good things:Being an RN gives me job satisfaction and I'm fell as though I am actually dong my bit for humanity.
The challenges:Being a Remote Area Nurse can be lonely and you do have to go without luxuries but one can always improvise. Fun and adventure is to be had as a Remote Area Nurse which outweighs the absences from family and friends. You get to make new friends.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing in Deme
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.
Rating:4
Date received:
Midwifery - delivering mothers and babies safely
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
Rating:4
Date received:
Midwifery is challenging but so rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification:Graduate diploma in midwifery
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Postnatal ward
The good things:Definitely the satisfaction in helping a woman through the process of birth. When she thanks you at the end and says she doesn't know how she would of done it without you, you know you've done the best job you can do
The challenges:The shift work, working weekends and nights, it's hard at times, and those really busy shifts where you don't stop for 8 hours, exhausting!
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
I am very glad that I chose to be a nurse
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Transit Lounge
The good things:Best thing about this role is you get plenty of options to choose from- from aged care nurse to kids nurse, from flight nurse to school nurse, from theatre to hospice. You' ll definitely find the sector you'd love.
The challenges:Being an RN means you may have to be on your feet for long hours, be abused by frustated patients. It may also means witnessing last stage of life of patient you looked after for months. However, nothing is more satisfying than seeing your patient get well and go home. Overall, it can be draining physically and emotionally and times and satisfying at other times
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing can be tough at times but is so rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification:Diploma clinical nursing and teaching
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Medical
The good things:There is so much diversity in the role, and so many opportunities to advance.
The challenges:At times the shift work is hard but there are plenty of day work if it doesnt suit.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing in Palliative Care
Reviewer's Qualification:Registered Nurse - it is now a degree
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Hospice
The good things:Palliative care is very specialised and you have to be the right type of nurse to do this role. It is extremely rewarding and is a more holistic approach to nursing as you are caring for the patient and their loved ones. It teaches you about yourself as well. The team are very supported.
The challenges:The challenges are that it takes experience to develop the skills to handle the type of situations that occur is this field of nursing. The team is always there to support.
Rating:5
Date received:
Nursing/Midwifery is my career, one I would never change
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Midwifery
The good things:Assisting people in one of the happiest times of their lives can be a wonderful experience. Just knowing that you have made a positive impact on their journey into parenthood is one of the most rewarding things you will achieve. Assisting a woman to birth her baby with minimal to no intervention is so empowering for all involved
The challenges:Midwifery has daily challenges that are as diverse as the people we assist. Language and culture are just a couple of challenges that are faced daily but you will find the crossings of culture so interesting and thoroughly rewarding
Rating:3
Date received:
Nursing is not just a job, it is life changing.
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 and learn very quickly about the important things in life.
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.
Rating:4
Date received:
Nursing is a wonderful occupation but sadly remunerated poor
Reviewer's Qualification:Community Health Diploma and International Certified Lactation Consultant
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Primary health care
The good things:Within this role you use all your knowledge base learnt as a nurse, health education and health promotion. Additional skills of midwifery and lactation enable you to be more insightful of your care with growing families. I find I look at 'The Family Unit' rather than the individual, as problems are rarely confined to the one presenting problem.
The challenges:There is no financial support or consideration of time required for ongoing study from employers. The qualifications are desired and your expertise wanted but rarely is there financial reward. The rewards are for your personal satisfaction and knowledge base.
Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing these days is a hard job
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Emergency
The good things:The positive: Team work is great and working with different set of skills is enjoyable in a challenging environment. The negative. Working shift work is tiring and no social life making you isolated
The challenges:fast environment to work with and time management is the essence
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification:Nurse practitioner
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Helping people and knowing that you have made a difference in someone's life.
The challenges:Study well and listen
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is very challenging but extremely rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of science
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Paediatrics/special care
The good things:Job satisfaction, leaving work after my shift and feeling like ive made a real positive difference to my patients and their families
The challenges:Can be emotionally draining. Not being able to switch off my feelings and emotions when i return home to my own family after my shift.
Rating:1
Date received:Feb 2018
Probably don’t choose nursing...
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of nursing
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Mental health
The good things:Shift work gives a good work life balance. The people you work with normally hate their job as much as you do, so there’s good laughs. Patients are sometimes thankful (about 1 in every 70). You get to go home at the end of the day.
The challenges:It’s constantly short staffed so you need to learn fast. It’s hard to look after patients and finish your notes on time. Mental health can be particularly challenging as assaults, getting spat on, sworn at and your life threatened is a recipe for councilling and ptsd
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Tough job but highly reward job, feeling good to help
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Med-Surger
The good things:You come across many people (age, gender, careers...) you being helpful and most trust person in their hard time in live. Meanwhile you learning everday in medical field or in life experiences.
The challenges:Challenging is where you will be busy most of your shift. Sometime things happened and your shift in pear shape. But got to communicate and you got alot support behind. Sometime you just need to balance your life with work where career you don’t have public holidays like other. Everyday is the same for you
Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing has pros and cons but mainly pros
Reviewer's Qualification:Diploma
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Being a nurse is rewarding and nice to help people who cant help themselves
The challenges:Shift work when you have a family
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is a rewarding and challenging job.
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Operating Theatre Suite - recovery
The good things:Nursing is a very diverse job with ongoing scope for expansion of knowledge and skills, and career progression depending on how far you want to go. The shift work enables family and life commitments to be met. There is a lot of camaraderie among nurses and other health professionals that helps to get through the difficult moments of nursing.
The challenges:Like most jobs, nursing can get repetitive and tiresome. It's a very physical job assisting people and being on your feet most of the day. It can also get emotionally tiring when faced with stressed, frustrated and sad people and situations.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is a tough job but so rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Community Nursing
The good things:Nursing is extremely rewarding career, making a positive impact on the people you care for and has so much diversity that allows endless opportunities within the one profession
The challenges:Nursing requires direct contact with people which can be mentally, physically and emotionally challenging
Rating:5
Date received:
Nursing is challenging but I have been doing it for 39 years
Reviewer's Qualification:Registered nurse and midwife
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Midwife
The good things:I feel it is important to have dual registration in nursing and midwifery as it opens worldwide opportunities for jobs. As a nurse I have never been unemployed. The rewards seeing and helping people recover is immeasurable
The challenges:It's important to manage the fatigue of shift work by prioritising sleep and maintaining good health with a healthy lifestyle.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is tough, but I can't imagine doing anything else
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Critical care
The good things:Ability to help people and plenty of opportunities to further your career
The challenges:Work life balance can sometimes suffer
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing nothing more rewarding
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
Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is pretty much a thankless job
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
Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is a tough job unless your passionate.
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 difference if you truly care.
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 often the hardest, being an advocate for the patient. Trying to stand up to a Doctor who is not following patient orders and wishes is very stressful. You need courage.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Nursing is not a glamorous job but it is the most rewarding
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.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
nursing is very rewarding and gives back can be Exhaughsting
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
Rating:4
Date received:
The joy of helping parents welcome their baby into the world
Reviewer's Qualification:Master of Midwifery
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
The good things:Everyone thinks that being a midwife is all about the babies. It is to a degree, but it involves lots of counselling and education of parents. It is wonderful to provide care and guidance to parents with their new baby and hopefully, if all goes well, take their baby home.
The challenges:Parents today have very high (and often unrealistic) expectations. Mums are usually only in hospital for 2 - 3 days after their baby is born, so you have to cover a lot of information in a short time. So, you are busy most of the time. There's also the disadvantages of shift work, particularly, night shift
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Amazing work
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:0 - 4 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:General medicine
The good things:There is no job like this one! You can be there for someone at the worst time of their life and make it just that little bit better. Nothing feels better than that. The variety of work is great and no two shifts are ever the same. I'm learning new skills and gaining new knowledge every day. It's a challenge I thrive on.
The challenges:Some of the challenges are managing your time to give your patients the best possible care. There is a balance between all the paperwork and computer reporting. Also you're frequently learning complicated procedures you may never have done before.
Rating:5
Date received:
Every day is different. Never boring.
Reviewer's Qualification:Diploma child and family health
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Midwife
The good things:Every day is different. It’s never boring. You come across gorgeous people from all walks of life and you run with it. You can work ft,pt,casual,travel, live in the country, live in the city, have time out for your own kids. You will never be without work. People always will be having babies! It’s a people focused job. So enjoy.
The challenges:Do the best you can, every day. Accept it will not always be easy. There are great days and tough days. You do the best you can for the people in their situation on that given day. And I know it sounds hard but you do it for them.
Rating:5
Date received:
RN / RM - the best of both worlds.
Reviewer's Qualification:RN / RM
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Maternity
The good things:Usuall a very happy working environment as you’re helping to bring a new life into the world. Helping new parents learn to care for a newborn is very fulfilling. Even with a tragic loss of a baby I find my Faith useful in supporting and counselling these parents.
The challenges:Only challenge would be juggling shift work and family/home life.
Rating:4
Date received:Feb 2018
Demanding work but rewarding experiences
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Nursing
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:It’s a challenging area with high aquity patients. Haematology nurses are some of the most skilled nurses in the hospital.
The challenges:You develop strong therapeutic relationships with not only the patients but the family member as well. This makes it hard when they become acutely unwell or pass away.
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
I love my role as a RN and couldnt think of anything better
Reviewer's Qualification:Batchelor of Nursing
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Youth Health
The good things:Working with Vulnerable Young People as a Community RN is very satisfying, to be in the position help, assist and guide these YP in all areas of their lives makes me feel like I am making a difference in their lives is just wonderful, I am so grateful to working in this area
The challenges:The challenges are the services available to YP, there are real gaps in the health system that can make things very difficult
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National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Registered Nurses
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ST VINCENT’S PRIVATE MELBOURNE
Melbourne > Western Suburbs
We are seeking enthusiastic, innovative and patient-care orientated Registered Nurses to join us at our contemporary new health care facility.
PULSE Staffing
Sydney > North Shore & Northern Beaches
Northern Sydney location, casual work available, morning, evenings, night-shifts available, immediate start call today
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Rewarding opportunity involving the holistic care of our patients to remain independent and safe in their own homes.
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PULSE Staffing
Sydney > North Shore & Northern Beaches
3 month contract in Sydney! Medical/Surgical Nurses needed for a fantastic hospital call today for a confidential discussion and start next week!
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