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Registered Nurse

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

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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:

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

Latest reviews from 50 Registered Nurses surveyed on SEEK