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Registered Nurse (Overview) 

Registered nurses assess, plan, provide and evaluate preventative, curative and rehabilitative care for patients, clients and residents in a wide variety of settings. Future Growth Very Strong

Registered nurses administer medications, monitor treatment and provide information to patients and their families about treatment and care. They may evaluate and assist patients suffering from critical life-threatening injuries and illnesses. They support patients to manage, treat and prevent chronic diseases, and educate the public about staying healthy. Registered nurses work all over the state providing nursing care to restore health to patients.


ANZSCO ID & description: 2544: Registered nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities, and in the community.

Areas of specialist nursing practice include:

  • mental health nursing
  • aged care, cancer/oncology nursing,
  • critical care,
  • peri-operative,
  • community health including school nursing
  • practice nursing
  • rural and remote area nursing,
  • policy,
  • research,
  • management,
  • education and
  • workplace health and safety.

    Knowledge, skills and attributes

    ​​A registered nurse needs:Nurse

    • good communication and listening skills
    • a caring and compassionate nature
    • a mature and responsible attitude
    • the ability to take initiative in emergencies
    • the ability to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job
    • discretion and respect for patient confidentiality.

    Duties and Tasks

    Registered nurses may perform the following tasks:

    • provide physical and technical nursing care and support for patients
    • make sure patients receive treatment prescribed by doctors and other health professionals
    • provide emotional and psychological support and information to patients and their families
    • supervise, or carry out, nursing care of patients
    • observe, monitor, assess, report and document patients' conditions and responses to treatment
    • give medicines in accordance with sound working knowledge of legislation and pharmacology
    • monitor and adjust medical equipment used in patient care and treatment, which can be highly technical and complex
    • prepare patients for operations or provide post-operative care such as wound care and nutritional management
    • assist in the rehabilitation of patients
    • assist with patients' discharge planning
    • provide first aid, assist in routine medical examinations, give advice on health matters and maintain sickness and accident records (where employed by large industrial or commercial organisations)
    • answer questions and provide information to patients and families about health promotion, treatment and care
    • contribute to the clinical training of nursing and midwifery students
    • supervise enrolled nurses and other hospital staff.

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    Working Conditions

    Registered nurses work in private and public hospitals, aged and palliative care nursing homes, community and home-based services, remote areas, schools and in medical offices or clinics. They may be expected to make sure that their working environments are kept safe and sterile.

    Registered nurses may be required to do shiftwork including weekends and public holidays, and their working times may be irregular.
    In hospitals, nurses usually work according to a rotating seven-day roster which includes morning, afternoon and night shifts, weekends and public holidays. In other areas, the hours depend on the service.
  • Tools and technologies

    ​Registered nurses may use medical equipment such as stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers (blood pressure meter), thermometers, oxygen saturation monitors, electrocardiogram machines (ECG), syringes, as well as gauze for dressing wounds and burns. They may also administer medication, injections and vaccinations.

    Registered nurses may regularly use computers to maintain patient care records and consult pharmaceutical manuals.

    Education and training/entrance requirements

    To work as a registered nurse in Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You will also need to hold a current Working with Children Check issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Communities.

    To become a registered nurse, you usually need to study a degree in nursing at university.

     

    Registered Nurse Community Health
    Community and Health

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    Community health nurses work all over the state providing health education and nursing services in a community setting to children and their parents. They may need to work with people from many different cultures and ethnicity, including indigenous people. They may also work with Future Growth Very Strong disadvantaged and disempowered people. Especially in remote areas, they may be called upon to carry out many and varied nursing tasks.

    ANZSCO ID & description: 2544 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.

    Alternative names: Public Health and District Nurse

    Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Health Education and Promotion), Registered Nurse (Public Health), Registered Nurse (School Nurse), Remote Area Nurse

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    Knowledge, skills and attributes

    A community health nurse needs:

    • to be able to assume responsibility and a leadership role

    • to be able to take initiative in emergencies

    • good communication skills

    • to be able to work alone or as part of a team

    • patience and discretion when dealing with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds

    • to be physically fit

    Working conditions

    Working conditions for a community health nurse will depend on location. Community health nurses in remote locations can work long hours in difficult conditions.

    Tools and technologies

    Community health nurses need to be proficient with a wide variety of tools and technologies associated with nursing as they may be called upon to perform many different tasks in remote areas.

    Education and training/entrance requirements

    To work as a community health nurse in Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You will also need to hold a current Working with Children Check issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Communities.

    To become a registered nurse, you usually need to study a degree in nursing at university.

     


    Registered Nurse Mental Health

    Community and Health

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    Mental health nurses provide care, counselling and support for people suffering from mental illness. Whether caring for those with short-term illnesses such as depression or phobias, or more serious problems such as schizophrenia or personality disorders, mental health nurses ensure that these Future Growth Very Strong people are able to heal in a safe and supportive environment. They organise and facilitate activities either for individual patients or for groups that assist in personal development, observe the condition of individual patients, administer medication, facilitate and run therapy groups, and liaise with other mental health professionals about the most appropriate treatment for patients.


    ANZSCO ID & description: 2544: 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.

    Alternative names: Mental Health Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse

    Specialisations: Psychopaedic Nurse (NZ), Registered Nurse (Child and Adolescence Mental Health), Registered Nurse (Drug and Alcohol), Registered Nurse (Psychiatric Rehabilitation), Registered Nurse (Psychogeriatric Care)
     

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    Knowledge, skills and attributes

    A mental health nurse needs:

    • a caring and compassionate nature

    • an interest in the health and wellbeing of people

    • maturity and responsibility

    • good communication skills

    • the ability to deal with unpredictable behaviour

    • organisational skills

    Working conditions

    Mental health nurses work in mental health clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities. They may be required to do shift work including weekends and public holidays, and their working times may be irregular. They may be required to work with people who are suffering from emotionally debilitating conditions who are unpredictable in their behaviour and may be aggressive. They may be exposed to bodily fluids. Mental health nurses may also be expected to travel to visit clients in their homes.

    Tools and technologies

    Mental health nurses use office equipment such as computers, telephones and fax machines. They administer medication, and may require a drivers license in order to visit patients.

    Education and training/entrance requirements

    To work as mental health nurse in Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You will also need to hold a current Working with Children Check issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Communities.

    To become a qualified mental health nurse, you need to study nursing at university.

    Nurse Educator and Researcher
    Community and Health

    ANZSCO ID: 2544

    Alternative names: External Case Manager

    Knowledge, skills and attributes      

    To become a nurse liaison, you would need:

    • a thorough understanding of medical practices
    • confidence
    • the ability to remain calm in difficult situations
    • good team work skills
    • strong communication skills
    • patience and tolerance
    • a strong understanding of cultural differences
    • honesty and empathy.

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    Duties and Tasks

    Nurse Liaisons' main tasks include arranging care for patients, assisting patients in appointments, liaising with healthcare staff for patient health matters, ensuring consumer rights, and following up on insurance claims for patients. Nurse liaisons are often the first to assess patients, review their medical records, and determine whether they should be admitted for care. They explain the types of care and services their facility offers to patients and their families. A nurse liaison also works with the facility to schedule therapy sessions and doctor visits. Coordinating with other staff members to ensure smooth patient discharge is also among a nurse liaison's duties.

    Nurse liaisons may also verify health insurance and its coverage, interacting with the providers and the facility. Other duties might include training other staff members.

    Nurse liaisons may perform the following tasks:

    • coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans
    • maintain accurate, detailed reports and records
    • communicate with patients' families
    • advocate for patients when it comes to communicating with doctors and other medical professionals
    • adhere to strict hygiene and infection control procedures
    • adhere to relevant therapeutic and medical standards and regulations.

    Working conditions

    In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours per week, usually on a shiftwork basis, including nights, weekends and public holidays. You could also apply to work part-time.

    You would usually work in a hospital, long-term care facility, hospice or in rehabilitation centres. Strict hygiene standards need to be followed and specialist medical clothing worn in some cases.

     

    Education and training/entrance requirements

    You can work as a nurse liaison without formal qualifications. Your personality and any relevant experience will be important. However a VET qualification in nursing, allied health assistance or health services assistance is also standard.

    Increasingly a degree in public health or nursing is required for roles, depending on the type of facility the role is based in.

    Applicants may be required to pass medical and background checks.

    Employment Opportunities

    Employment of nurse liaisons is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

    There is increasing demand for healthcare services because of growing affluence, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and the large, aging baby-boom population. The coordination of multiple patient services and patient advocacy is increasingly expected, causing facilities to require growing numbers of nurse liaison roles.

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