Registered nurse

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

Skills required

  • Ability to Follow Instructions
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure and Make Quick Judgement Calls in an Emergency
  • Good Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Good Manual Dexterity and Physical Fitness
  • Responsibility and Organisation
  • Sensitive and Caring Attitude

Working conditions

Nurses (Registered) typically work in rotating shifts including early mornings, nights, weekends and public holidays. They may be required to work long hours under intense pressure and in stressful situations. They usually need to be on their feet for long periods of time.

Professional associations / Industry information

NSW Nurses Association 

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 

Nursing and Midwifery Office QLD 

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