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Registered nurse

What does a registered nurse do?

Registered nurses play an essential role in the medical system. As skilled healthcare professionals they provide care to patients through physical and emotional support. Working with doctors, nurses help to implement and manage patient care plans. Nursing is a hands-on role, often involving physical duties. As a nurse, you would administer treatment and medication, provide injury and wound care, and assist with personal hygiene tasks such as bathing and toileting.

Roles in nursing exist in private and public hospitals, medical clinics, residential aged care facilities, schools and more. As a nurse you may also choose to specialise in an area such as metal health, gerontology, midwifery, paediatrics, or oncology.

Is a career as a registered nurse right for me?

If you enjoy caring for others and have an interest in medical treatment you might excel in a career in nursing. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • strong communication skills 
  • the ability to work well under pressure 
  • a strong stomach for medical incidents 
  • good interpersonal skills
  • an empathetic nature 
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • good problem-solving abilities. 

How to become a registered nurse

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your nursing career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of nursing:
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Last updated May 2024.

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