Registered Nurses (Perioperative) provide nursing care to patients before, during and immediately after surgery, assess patients' condition, plan nursing care for surgical intervention, maintain a safe and comfortable environment, assist Surgeons and Anaesthetists during surgery, and monitor patients' recovery from anaesthetic, prior to return to, or discharge from, ward.

Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Anaesthetic), Registered Nurse (Operating Room), Registered Nurse (Recovery).

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

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 (Perioperative)

  • 19,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 91% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Registered Nurses (Perioperative) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 15,900 in 2011 to 19,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Registered Nurses (Perioperative) work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, 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 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 91% 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.

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings

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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 Assistance97.5
Public Administration and Safety1.0
Administrative and Support Services0.5
Other Services0.4
Other Industries0.6

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 (Perioperative)All Jobs Average
NSW29.631.6
VIC24.825.6
QLD22.420.0
SA8.27.0
WA10.110.8
TAS2.62.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.61.9

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 (Perioperative)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3425.3-22.922.9
35-4424.6-22.022.0
45-5423.6-21.621.6
55-5911.2-9.09.0
60-647.0-6.06.0
65 and Over3.3-4.24.2

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 (Perioperative)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate15.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree67.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.0-21.121.1
Year 121.1-18.118.1
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 (Perioperative).

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

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    87% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    75% Skill level

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

  3. Biology

    74% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    71% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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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.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    100% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

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

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    97% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Disease or infection

    97% Important

    Be exposed to disease or 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, 29-1151.00 - Nurse Anesthetists.

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