Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse
What does a Registered Nurse do?

Cares for patients, clients and residents in hospitals, clinics and homes

  • Provides general nursing care for patients
  • Ensures patients receive their prescribed treatments and medications
  • Observes, monitors assesses, reports and documents patients’ conditions
  • Supports and informs patients and their families
  • Trains and supervises others
  • Gives medical examinations

What do I need to be good at?

  • Patience and caring
  • Helping patients
  • Communicating
  • Commitment to the dignity of life for disabled and elderly people
  • Taking leadership and responsibility
  • Flexibility to work weekends or evenings

How much does a Registered Nurse get paid?

Starts at $49,113 and progresses to $84,307 depending on your experience.

How does a Registered Nurse get trained?

  • You can start at school by
    1. Getting involved in the Experience in Community Services Taster for Year 10s.
    2. Enrolling in the VET in Schools Certificate III in Community Services Work or
    3. With a school based traineeship, Certificate III Community Services.
  • After school you can study Certificate III at TAFE or another Registered Training Organisation
  • You can learn on the job

Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.

Where are the jobs for Registered Nurses?

For jobs right around Australia, check out
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What does this job lead to?

Registered nurses may go on to further training to become specialists in:

  • Community Health
  • Midwifery
  • Marernal and Childcare
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiac
  • Surgery
  • Education Management