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As a nurse, you can expect to work closely with patients and other medical professionals, in either a hospital or medical practice setting. You can choose to complete a qualification to work either as an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse, which will affect your daily responsibilities, duration of study and earning capacity.
Registered nurses complete longer training and may take on more responsibility in the workplace. You may study to be a registered nurse by taking either a Bachelor of Nursing or a Master of Nursing degree. By taking a Diploma of Nursing or a Certificate IV in Nursing you can qualify as a nurse more quickly, and will work as an enrolled nurse.
As an enrolled nurse, you might perform tasks like:
As a registered nurse, you’ll be more involved with the planning and evaluation of a patient’s overall care. Your responsibilities will vary depending on your setting, but you can expect to perform tasks like:
After completing a nursing course, you’ll likely seek employment as a nurse. You may choose a specialised role, including working as a nurse in an area like:
You’ll thrive working in nursing if you:
Demand on Australia’s health care system is increasing. As a result, qualified nurses can expect to find strong demand for their skills. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that employment opportunities in nursing have been growing strongly in size for the past decade, and predicts that growth will continue until at least 2020. Currently, approximately 257,400 people are employed as nurses in Australia, and the sector will grow by approximately 20 per cent to employ approximately 308,800 people by 2020. Job Outlook considers this growth in job opportunities to be very strong.
PayScale reports that registered nurses may expect to earn a salary between $38,000 and $81,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $64,000 per year. While earning capacity rises in line with experience, PayScale notes that entry-level workers can expect to earn competitive salaries, with registered nurses with less than five years’ experience earning on average approximately $60,000 per year.