What does a registered nurse do?
Registered nurses have varied and busy roles. First and foremost, they provide care to people requiring medical assistance. They assess patient needs and coordinate care plans, alongside other medical staff. Registered nurses also answer questions for patients and their families about their health, and monitor patients’ progress over time. Registered nurses have an administrative role in the health system as well, which includes keeping accurate records, overseeing junior healthcare staff (often enrolled nurses), and scheduling follow up treatments or appointments.
- Assess and coordinate patient needs
- Provide healthcare to patients, in line with current best practice
- Supervise enrolled nurses and other junior healthcare staff
- Maintain patient records
- Liaise with other medical professionals
What skills do I need to be a registered nurse?
Registered nurses must have excellent people skills and be able to work effectively with patients from all walks of life. They must work well under pressure and be able to juggle multiple tasks at one time. Registered nurses must also be effective communicators, both verbally and in writing. It is also important that registered nurses have a comprehensive understanding of a wide variety of healthcare issues and treatment options, and that this knowledge remains current.
- Tact and empathy
- The ability to multi-task
- Verbal and written communication skills appropriate for a variety of audiences
- A thorough understanding of healthcare issues and treatment best practice
There are numerous options for specialisation available to registered nurses. The education registered nurses receive and the practical skills that they obtain on the job open up a variety of opportunities for those who wish to hone their skills. Options include specialising in a particular healthcare field, becoming a nurse practitioner, or moving into healthcare management.
Specialised Registered Nurse
Study pathways for registered nurses
To become a registered nurse you must complete a Bachelor of Nursing. This can either be done via direct entry, or following the completion of a Diploma of Nursing.
For those wishing to find out more about working as a nurse before committing to a full degree, a short course may be a good option.
Learning more about wider issues impacting on healthcare services in Australia can be extremely beneficial for registered nurses. One option could include a certificate level qualification about business administration for medical professionals.
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To be a registered nurse in Australia you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Getting a job after graduation
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Job Prospects and Salaries
Nursing is projected to continue decent growth into the future. There are registered nurse positions in almost every location throughout Australia and they tend to pay slightly above average.