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Registered nurse

What is it like to be a Nurse?

Nurses work in the health care profession and are skilled to provide physical care and health education to people in a multitude of settings.

As well as traditional roles in hospitals, aged care, indigenous health or paediatrics, nurses may also end up working for the Army, international aid agencies, schools and even the mining sector. Nurses can work full-time, part-time or casually and easily find work when they return to the profession.

For more information about a career as a Nurse, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

The success of a nurse is heavily reliant on their initiative to take responsibility and effective communication skills with patients. You will have the knowledge to answer patients’ questions and be able to cope in emergency situations. 

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to assume responsibility and a leadership role
  • Able to take initiative in emergencies
  • Tolerant, patient and tactful in dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical demands and psychological aspects of the job. 

To become a Nurse

To be able to become a Registered nurse, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

This pathway would also suit hospital trained nurses looking to obtain a nursing degree and they may be eligible for significant exemptions enabling them to obtain their degree in 8 courses.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and may also become members of the Royal College of Nursing Australia.

The Bachelor of Nursing at USQ is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and is listed as an approved program with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulating Authority (AHPRA).


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