Registered Nurse

Job Description

Registered Nurses (RNs) work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside other skilled professionals including doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists, specialty nurses, therapists and others to provide ongoing patient care. Registered nurses deliver primary health care predominantly in hospital, aged care, community or school settings.

Careers Ladder


To become a Registered Nurse in Australia you need to complete a 3-year Bachelor of Nursing, which is available at most Australian universities.

You will need to have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index.

Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program.

Further study is essential if you are looking to take the next step in your career and advance to a role as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, clinical nurse consultant or nurse practitioner.


  • Acumen
  • Charismatic
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Educated
  • Flexible
  • Interpersonal
  • Perceptive
  • Procedural
  • Resilient

Key Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Serving Others
  • Monitoring
  • Instructing
  • Writing
  • Management of personnel resources

Future Prospects

RNs with several years' experience can move into more specialised roles (such as aged care, neonatology or neurological care), transfer into the medical administrative sector or become a nurse unit manager.