Nurse Practitioners provide 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.

    A masters degree in a relevant field and three years of experience at the clinical advanced nursing practice level are needed to work as a Nurse Practitioner.

    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-ordinating the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

    All Registered Nurses

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

    Nurse Practitioners

    • 1,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 84% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Nurse Practitioners (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Nurse Practitioners work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 84% 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 Assistance93.9
    Public Administration and Safety3.7
    Education and Training0.8
    Administrative and Support Services0.5
    Other Industries1.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateNurse PractitionersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.231.6
    VIC26.825.6
    QLD22.420.0
    SA8.47.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketNurse PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.1-9.39.3
    25-3412.8-22.922.9
    35-4423.5-22.022.0
    45-5434.5-21.621.6
    55-5915.5-9.09.0
    60-647.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationNurse PractitionersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate58.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree25.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV2.4-21.121.1
    Year 124.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

    A masters degree in a relevant field and three years of experience at the clinical advanced nursing practice level are needed to work as a Nurse Practitioner.

    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. Psychology

      86% Skill level

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

    2. Therapy and Counseling

      82% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    3. Medicine and Dentistry

      80% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      79% Skill level

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

    5. Biology

      71% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Telephone

      97% Important

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    2. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      94% Important

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    5. Consequence of Error

      92% Important

      How serious would it be if you made a mistake?

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