Have you thought about working in a hospital and providing care for the sick? Maybe you should consider a career as a registered nurse.
As a registered nurse you can work in a hospital, a nursing home or in the community.
In each of the places, a registered nurse has a very important job. They ensure patients receive the right treatment.
Registered nurses work with doctors and other health care workers as part of a team, caring for the patient.
To become a registered nurse you need to complete a university degree in nursing. Registered nurses give medications and injections, operate medical equipment, prepare patients for operations and look after people who have just had an operation.
Registered nurses also help in the rehabilitation of patients and often provide emotional support to patients.
A registered nurse will provide first aid in emergencies, assist in routine medical examinations, give advice on health matters and maintain sickness and accident records.
Registered nurses are responsible for assisting in the training of nursing students and supervising enrolled nurses and other hospital staff.
Registered nurses are usually required to work a roster system which involves night and weekend duties as well as working public holidays.
Registered nurses may specialise in the areas of mental health, midwifery, intensive care, aged care, child health, community health, management, education and occupational health and safety.
To be a registered nurse you need to be able to take a leadership role and stay in control in emergencies. You need to be able to deal with a wide range of people and you need to be physically fit.
For more information about how to become a registered nurse or any other job you’re interested in, get your hands on a copy of the job guide from your school, your careers advisor, your Indigenous education unit, or if you live in the city, look up your nearest Centrelink career reference.