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Registered Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities, and in the community.
Provides advanced and extended nursing care to patients, such as ordering diagnostic tests, undertaking diagnosis and health assessments, prescribing patient care management, medicines and therapies, as authorised in relevant nursing legislation, and referring to specialist Medical Practitioners and other Health Professionals in a range of health, welfare and community settings. Registration or licensing is required.
Provides nursing care to the elderly in community settings, residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and health care facilities. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Gerontology)
Provides nursing care to children from birth to school age and their families with an emphasis on the prevention, early detection of, and early intervention in, physical, emotional and social problems affecting children and their families such as assistance with parentcraft, immunisation and developmental milestones. Registration or licensing is required.
Provides nursing care, health counselling, screening and education to individuals, families and groups in the wider community with a focus on patient independence and health promotion. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Health Education and Promotion), Registered Nurse (Public Health), Registered Nurse (School Nurse)
Provides nursing care to critically ill patients and patients with unstable health following injury, surgery or during the acute phase of diseases, integrating new technological equipment into care in settings such as high dependency units, intensive care units, emergency departments or retrieval services. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Acute Care), Registered Nurse (Emergency/Trauma), Registered Nurse (High Dependency), Registered Nurse (Neonatal Intensive Care), Registered Nurse (Paediatric Intensive Care)
Provides nursing care to people with intellectual and development disabilities in a range of health, welfare and community settings. Registration or licensing is required.
Provides nursing care to patients recovering from injury and illness, and assists and facilitates patients with disabilities to live more independently. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Rehabilitation)
Provides nursing care to patients with conditions, such as infections, metabolic disorders and degenerative conditions, which require medical intervention in a range of health, aged care and community settings. Registration or licensing is required.
Provides clinical care to patients, undertakes clinical organisation and practice administration, and facilitates communication within a general practice environment and between the practice and outside organisations and individuals. Registration or licensing is required.
Provides nursing care to patients with mental health illness, disorder and dysfunction, and those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress and crisis in health, welfare and aged care facilities, correctional services and the community. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Child and Adolescence Mental Health), Registered Nurse (Drug and Alcohol), Registered Nurse (Psychiatric Rehabilitation), Registered Nurse (Psychogeriatric Care)
Provides nursing care to patients before, during and immediately after surgery, assesses patients' condition, plans nursing care for surgical intervention, maintains a safe and comfortable environment, assists Surgeons and Anaesthetists during surgery, and monitors patients' recovery from anaesthetic, prior to return to, or discharge from, ward. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Anaesthetic), Registered Nurse (Operating Room), Registered Nurse (Recovery)
Provides nursing care to patients with injuries and illness that require surgical intervention. Registration or licensing is required.
Provides nursing care to children of all ages, including neonates, across a range of health and community settings with an emphasis on assessing children’s acute and ongoing needs while taking into account physical, social, cultural and family circumstances. Registration or licensing is required.
Includes Flight Nurse, Nursing Officer (Defence Forces), Registered Nurse (Infection Control), Registered Nurse (Remote or Rural Area). Registration or licensing is required.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 283,800 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow very strongly to 349,100. Around 164,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Bachelor Degree or higher as well as 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Registration or licensing is required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Looking for ways to help people.
Talking to others.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use rules to solve problems.
Make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How often are you exposed to disease/infections?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.