Registered Nurse

Job Description

Registered nurses (often referred to as RNs) 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 Bachelor of Nursing. These are usually full time courses over three years, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index. The courses provide a blend of theory and clinical nursing experiences.

Complete a bachelor degree in the field of nursing. This could be a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science (majoring in Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies). Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program.

Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as an RN. Registration must be renewed annually.


  • 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.