Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health) provide nursing care to children 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.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health). Many Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health) complete postgraduate studies.

    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

    Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health)

    • 5,400 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 41% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 99% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 7,500 in 2011 to 5,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health) work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (41%, 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 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
    • Gender: 99% 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 Assistance74.9
    Public Administration and Safety22.7
    Education and Training1.3
    Retail Trade0.6
    Other Industries0.5

    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.
    StateRegistered Nurses (Child and Family Health)All Jobs Average
    NSW27.131.6
    VIC31.725.6
    QLD17.320.0
    SA6.67.0
    WA11.710.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT1.41.0
    ACT1.71.9

    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 BracketRegistered Nurses (Child and Family Health)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-243.0-9.39.3
    25-3418.1-22.922.9
    35-4419.2-22.022.0
    45-5428.3-21.621.6
    55-5915.2-9.09.0
    60-6411.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationRegistered Nurses (Child and Family Health)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate35.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree48.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.6-21.121.1
    Year 121.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health). Many Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health) complete postgraduate studies.

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

    Thinking about study or training?

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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

      84% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      73% Skill level

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

    3. Therapy and Counseling

      63% Skill level

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

    4. Education and Training

      59% Skill level

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

    5. Medicine and Dentistry

      58% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Telephone

      100% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Contact With Others

      98% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      98% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      98% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Exposed to Disease or Infections

      96% Important

      How often are you exposed to disease/infections?

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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, 29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses.

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