Nurses work closely with patients, their families and other health professionals. They are well known for their compassion and communication skills. As a nurse, you will encounter some people during the most difficult times of their lives and others during the most exciting times. This is a career that is both rewarding and versatile.
If you are interested in nursing, you could also consider studying Sciences and Health services and rehabilitation. The courses and employment opportunities available will depend on the level of qualification you complete. There are three qualification levels in nursing:
Nursing courses are widely available at undergraduate level and are offered around Australia by most universities and some TAFE institutes. Since practical experience is an important aspect of nursing courses, it is important to check that the courses and institutions you are considering have good facilities (such as on-campus health clinics and simulation wards), offer a number of clinical placements and provide access to the latest equipment. The best courses should also have good contacts with industry and employers.