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Best Nurse jobs in Australia

Nurses, in a word, save lives. Australia is home to more than millions of registered nurses. Nurses are able to coordinate care for a patient's complete health, while doctors tend to focus on one component at a time. For instance, a patient with chest symptoms would see a cardiologist, nephrologist, and internist. 

These specialists would only provide care and medication for the conditions they were trained to treat. The nurse, on the other hand, would be in charge of making sure the patient is well-informed and physically and mentally prepared for treatment, as well as making sure no harmful drug interactions occur. The nurse is responsible for reviewing diagnostic test results and promptly informing the appropriate physician of any significant findings.

When it comes to patient care, nurses are no longer seen as mere assistants to doctors; instead, they bear equal responsibility.

What Is a Registered Nurse?

A nurse who has completed an accredited nursing programme, taken and passed the NCLEX-RN, and met all other state licensing requirements is considered a registered nurse. While an associate's degree is all that's needed to take the NCLEX-RN exam, businesses are increasingly looking for candidates with bachelor's degrees or higher. 

Work Profile

A nurse plays a vital role in delivering healthcare in many different settings, such as hospitals, patients' homes, and community clinics.

A registered nurse (RN) performs a wide range of duties, including patient monitoring, medication administration, record keeping, consultation with other medical professionals, patient education, and more. 

In a healthcare setting, nurses are just one member of a larger team that also includes physicians, social workers, and therapists. Nurses spend a lot of time directly with patients providing care, counseling them on their health, and monitoring their progress. Working long hours and rotating shifts are standard for nurses.

Key Responsibilities Include -

  • Keeping detailed medical reports and records in order.
  • Medicating patients and keeping tabs on their responses and negative effects.
  • Medications and medical aids for the disabled are prescribed.
  • Keeping track of a patient's vitals and other medical data.
  • Clinical and diagnostic testing are ordered.
  • Keeping an eye out for, notifying about, and documenting any changes in a patient's condition.
  • Medications that aren't intravenously being given.
  • Collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to assess, execute, plan, or evaluate nursing care for individual patients.
  • Responding to changes in patient conditions and reactions by adjusting treatment strategies.

Wide range of other options

Not all registered nurses need to be hospital employees. A nurse may work at a hospital, a clinic, care center, a pharmacy, a school, or any number of other places where people need medical attention. Nurses can use their expertise to care for patients regardless of where they happen to be stationed. For instance, many nurses now provide in-home care for the elderly or disabled. Common workplaces for registered nurses include -

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Offices
  • Schools
  • Pharmacies
  • Ambulance/Helicopter
  • Home health care settings
  • Senior living communities