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.
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What can I earn as a Registered Nurse?

The most common salary for a Registered Nurse is between $60k and $70k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

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.
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What are employers looking for?

Employers want:
  • AHPRA registration
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Computer literacy
  • Flexiblity
Shortlisted applicants have:
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • CPR certification
  • Computer skills
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Immunisation Certificate
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Registered Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 36 Registered Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Registered Nurses?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities
Registered Nurse jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
National increase over next 5 years
23%
2017
2022
Source: LMIP. Registered Nurse
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

Registered Nurses commonly move into these roles

Nurse Educator
Avg. starting salary
$80 - $90k
Care Manager
Avg. starting salary
$90 - $100k
Facility Manager
Avg. starting salary
$95 - $110k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

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