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Where Your Nursing Career Can Take You

We couldn’t get by without nurses. Think of the compassionate, expert care nurses offer us from when we are born, right through our lives, and the lives of the people we love. If you have chosen Nursing as your career, then thank you. We couldn’t live without you.

But what can a Nursing career offer you?

The simple answer is that challenging and rewarding jobs will open up for you around the world and in so many specialised areas.

After graduating as a Registered Nurse (RN) and gaining your registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency), you can work in a hospital or other healthcare services. Many Australian hospitals run graduate programs, helping you build your skills across a range of specialisations. After a few years’ experience, you can specialise in the field that interests you the most. These include Intensive Care, Neo-Natal Nursing, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Palliative Care, Theatre and Recovery and Aged Care, which is in high demand with our ageing population, Mental Health and Oncology.

If your training is as an Enrolled Nurse (EN), then after registering with AHPRA, you can join teams of experts in such fields as Surgical, Mental Health, Oncology, Paediatrics, Maternity and Emergency. You can assist in providing care in hospitals, medical clinics, working with GPs, and welfare and community healthcare organisations. You can bring care to older patients who want to stay in their own homes, or take your skills on the road in mobile health-screening services.

In one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of specialisation, Cosmetic nursing, you can combine your healthcare training with your interest in beauty to change people’s lives. As a Registered or Enrolled nurse, you’ll do about 10 months of further study, then bring your skills to private cosmetic clinics, working under doctors’ supervision, and when your experience and expertise grow, you can set up your own clinic or work in spas around the world.

Over 500 cosmetic procedures were carried out in Australia in 2017, according to The Feed on SBS TV. This is more per capita than any other country, and so it’s little surprise that qualified Cosmetic nurses are in huge demand. If you want an exciting healthcare role in a field that’s rapidly growing and you have great people skills, then qualifying as a cosmetic nurse could be exactly right for you.

Every day, nurses are actively involved in promoting good health, sharing reliable information and educating the community about their health and wellbeing.

Throughout your nursing career, you can move across specialities, drawing on your years of experience and expanding your options while working with other dedicated healthcare professionals. You can take up rewarding roles in medical administration, education – training the next generation of nurses – medical research, or become a highly regarded leader as a nurse unit manager.

Nursing is all about diversity – the great diversity in the range of patients you will care for, and the diversity of career options that will open up for you.

A career in nursing means no two days are ever the same.

NSW Department of Health

Plus, it will offer job security as nurses are in demand.

The Healthcare & Medical industry was among the fastest-growing industries on SEEK in 2017 with job opportunities rising by 11.1% and the number of new roles being advertised growing by over 14,000 year-on-year.

Nurses are on the move

Your career has the potential to take you to any corner of the globe – from busy London hospitals to aid work in developing nations. Nurses trained in Australia are highly regarded. International recruiters know that nurses from Australia will bring with them the highest standards of patient care, technical skills and current knowledge.

Your nursing skills are sought after around the country, too. Working as a nurse in rural or regional Australia, you will quickly become a valued member of a country community.

You also have the flexibility of choosing when you work. The round-the-clock nature of nursing care means you can choose shifts that suit you and your family and work full or part-time, permanent or casual. To vary your experience, you may decide to join a nursing agency. This gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare areas and specialities, and in a range of locations and workplaces.

Your nursing career will offer you exciting choices and rewarding challenges, and you’ll know that you are making a difference.

I’ve been so lucky. I’ve been able to travel the world, working in so many different areas. I feel very blessed.

Carol Letts, State Coordinator for Nursing at Torrens University’s Wakefield campus in Adelaide.


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