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  • Your Nursing Career
  • Nursing
    Not afraid of blood or needles? Love watching shows like Grey’s Anatomy or ER? Do your friends and family always turn to you when they’ve got the sniffles or a bad fever?

    If this sounds like you, then you’re probably interested in knowing how to become a nurse.

    Nursing is a tough gig; nobody will deny that. World renowned nurse Rawsi Williams once said that to be a nurse means ‘to do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through’.

    She couldn’t be more right. It takes a unique combination of guts and compassion to become a nurse. But the rewards far exceed the emotional rigours of the job. As a nurse you’ll get to see miracles every day – from watching the birth of a teeny tiny baby to witnessing a patient emerge from a coma and reunite with their loved ones.

    So if you’ve got the heart and head for it, where do you start?

    Well first, you need to think about what sort of nurse you want to become. In Australia there are three general types of nurses: enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife.

    The latter two will involve completing a university degree such as a Bachelor of Nursing or Master of Midwifery Studies, while becoming an enrolled nurse only requires a diploma from an education provider such as TAFE.

    Once you gain these qualifications and accreditations, you can choose to specialise in any number of healthcare fields. These might include burns, cardiology, dialysis, emergency, rural nursing, oncology or neonatal intensive care. And don’t forget, nurses can work beyond just hospitals and clinical settings. You might choose to work for a child health centre, aged care facility, mine site or commercial airline.

    There are also a whole host of benefits that come with working as a nurse. You can choose which hours you wish to work (weekdays, weekends, night shift, morning shift), receive generous leave allowances, and you’ll always be guaranteed job security, with nurses being in such high demand. But best of all, by becoming a nurse you’ll get to make a very real difference in the lives of others.

    Get the training to become a nurse by enrolling in one of our nursing courses today.

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