Registered Nurses (Surgical) provide nursing care to patients with injuries and illness that require surgical intervention.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).

    Tasks

    • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
    • Works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients.
    • Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans.
    • Promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities.
    • Answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care.
    • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

    All Registered Nurses

    • $1,909 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Registered Nurses (Surgical)

    • 15,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 92% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Registered Nurses (Surgical) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 3,800 in 2011 to 15,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Registered Nurses (Surgical) work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 92% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Registered Nurses.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.4
    Public Administration and Safety1.3
    Administrative and Support Services0.3
    Education and Training0.3
    Other Industries0.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateRegistered Nurses (Surgical)All Jobs Average
    NSW29.031.6
    VIC23.225.6
    QLD22.420.0
    SA8.27.0
    WA11.910.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketRegistered Nurses (Surgical)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-248.6-9.39.3
    25-3432.9-22.922.9
    35-4425.2-22.022.0
    45-5419.8-21.621.6
    55-597.4-9.09.0
    60-644.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationRegistered Nurses (Surgical)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree77.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.5-21.121.1
    Year 121.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).

    You must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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    Employers look for Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Medicine and dentistry

      76% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    2. Customer and personal service

      68% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Education and training

      58% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. Biology

      51% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    5. Psychology

      49% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      98% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Physically close to people

      97% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    4. Contact with people

      95% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    5. Teamwork

      94% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.

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