How to become a registered nurse

Give preventative and rehabilitative health care to patients and assistance to doctors and surgeons.

What does a registered nurse do?

Nurses (Registered) work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities and community health centres. They provide preventative and rehabilitative health care to patients and assistance to doctors and surgeons.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to nursing standards and practices.
  • Administer drugs and injections in accordance with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Assess patient needs and provide appropriate patient care plans.
  • Communicate information to patients and their families and answer any questions they may have regarding treatment and care plans.
  • Educate patients about their health.
  • Liaise with other health care professionals to coordinate patient discharge and rehabilitation plans.
  • Maintain accurate patient records.
  • Monitor and record patient condition and observe responses to treatment.
  • Prepare patients for surgery and other procedures and provide post-operative care.
  • Provide supervision, training and mentoring to student and enrolled nurses.
  • Set up drips and blood transfusions, assist with tests, apply first aid and respond to emergencies.
  • Work in collaboration with doctors and other health care professionals and apply prescribed treatments.

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