Nursing Careers

As a nurse, you will make a real difference in people's lives helping them improve their health and wellbeing. It’s a career that offers a wide range of specialties, allowing you to find a niche that aligns with your personal interests and skills.

A career in nursing is fast-paced, practical and rewarding. You’ll have options to work in a variety of settings such as: 

  • hospital and health services,
  • mental health clinics,
  • aged care facilities,
  • correctional facilities,
  • the defence force,
  • community health,
  • midwifery, or
  • cosmetic nursing.

You’ll develop meaningful relationships with patients and become integral to their care.  

Labour Market Insights (2022) project strong growth for registered nurse roles, with a projected change of 13.9% (or 40,400 jobs) by 2026.  

Skills and traits

In a nursing role, you’ll work with others to help them improve their health and well-being. With compassion and care, you'll work with patients and their supporting medical team. Your career will see you observe and care for others and use various information sources to find solutions to health concerns. 

  • Strong sense of care and empathy
  • Strong communication skills
  • Active listener
  • Patient and compassionate
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to connect with others and build relationships
  • Teamwork

Nursing course options

Kickstart your career as a nurse with study options that lead towards enrolled nurse, and registered nurse career outcomes.  

Learn from experienced nursing lecturers and enjoy building connections with industry. You'll gain hands-on skills through simulations, clinical experiences, and placements. 


Nursing has become a really great career opportunity to consider. There’s so much you can do with a nursing qualification. There’s a high demand for qualified nurses.

A clinical unit is a unit where you’re going to be in the labs, which we call our clinical learning space is set up similar to behind me today, that’s where we have a simulated hospital environment.

So, in the simulated environment we have lots of different ways that we teach what we’re doing. You may have heard of MaskED where the educators use a simulated person or a simulated puppet to extract information to be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of a patient.

We have lots of strong partnerships with our industry partners so not just with acute hospitals but with GP surgeries, with community, with mental health even correctional centre nursing.

We have clinical placements. A student must do 800 hours minimum of clinical placement. Our students will go to settings like the hospital, mental health community, they could go to an A&E, an ICU, a paediatric area that interests you.

What that offers then is your opportunity to show yourself while you’re on clinical placement to the people that are going to employ you later.

One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements.

It’s like going in different clinic settings to practice the nursing skills that are taught at the Uni.

What I like most about my placements is that the nursing staff were accommodating, and the patients were so willing to be involved in the learning of Registered Nursing students like me.

I want to continue on this journey when I graduate. I want to be a part of the nursing workforce in this country.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited throughout Australia with an external body and it has to meet certain attributes for our students to be considered ready to go on to AHPRA, which is where we are registered once you finish your degree.

I believe becoming a registered nurse in Australia gives you great career opportunities. There are many choices to choose from depending on what interests you the most.

The beauty of an Australian nursing degree is the international recognition that Australia has. We have a reciprocal arrangement with New Zealand, so Australian nurses and New Zealand nurses do move across the borders. Also because of our degree a lot of countries seek nursing graduates.

Nursing to me is a fantastic foundational degree and as I say you can make many careers out of one Nursing degree, you’ll never get bored.

    The way it's delivered is so engaging. You feel like you're actually working with real people, even though it's simulation. I don't know any other professors that dress up in silicone suits and let you poke and prod them!

    Rhiana Jackson

    Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Mental Health Nursing