Bachelor of Nursing

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing will:

1. Practice in a way that demonstrates respect for and appreciation of the person as an individual as well as their family and community.

2. Practice in a holistic way that that takes into account the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of individuals/groups.

3. Establish partnerships and therapeutic relationships that are goal-directed while maintaining professional boundaries.

4. Demonstrate sound critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the provision of nursing care for clients across the life-span.

5. Demonstrate culturally safe nursing practice and the facilitation of environments that promote individual and group safety and security.

6. Demonstrate cultural safety based upon an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, culture and history.

7. Reflect on and critically analyse practice with a view to ongoing improvement and life-long learning.

8. Identify and address factors that have the potential to impact negatively on patient safety.

9. Practice in accordance with legislation and ethical and professional frameworks that affect nursing practice and healthcare.

10. Critically appraise nursing research and integrate evidence into clinical practice.

11. Plan, prioritise, implement and evaluate nursing care that is comprehensive, safe and effective, and based upon accurate health assessment data.

12. Implement health promotion and health education as primary healthcare strategies aimed at illness prevention.

13. Apply a quality use of medicines framework to ensure safe medication practices.

14. Improve the quality of life of individuals and families who are dealing with life-threatening illness through the provision of evidenced-based and holistic nursing care.

15. Apply knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, pathophysiology, pharmacology and psychological processes to inform nursing practice and optimise client outcomes.

16. Communicate and collaborate effectively with members of the healthcare team.

17. Utilise information and communication technology to support learning and inform clinical practice.

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Careers by major

Upon completion of the degree, Nursing graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and practice as Registered Nurses in Australia as well as in many overseas countries. Once qualified as a Registered Nurse, professional experience and further study will allow Registered Nurses to pursue a range of specialisations and advanced roles within the nursing profession. Below is a list of sample jobs that are typical for nursing graduates.

While many graduates pursue careers that are closely linked to the degree they have studied, others use their degree in different ways. Nursing graduates can use their skills and knowledge to pursue careers other than nursing, whether still within the health sector or in other more generic areas. The list of jobs below shows some examples of alternative jobs that nursing graduates might be able to pursue. Some of these jobs may require additional study and qualifications, while some may only require the completion of a nursing degree.

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