Registered nurses assess, plan, provide and evaluate preventative, curative and rehabilitative care for patients, clients and residents in a wide variety of settings.
Duties & Tasks
Registered nurses may perform the following tasks:provide physical and technical nursing care and support for patients
provide emotional and psychological support and health information to patients and their families
supervise or carry out nursing care of patients
observe, monitor, assess, report and document patients' conditions and responses to treatment
administer medicines and other prescribed medical treatments to patients, in accordance with relevant legislation
monitor and adjust medical equipment used in patient care and treatment, which can be highly technical and complex
prepare patients for surgical operations, assisting with surgical procedures and the provision of post-operative care, such as wound care and nutritional management
plan and provide rehabilitative care of patients, including discharge planning and care
provide first aid, perform routine physical examinations, give advice about health matters and maintain sickness and accident records (where employed by large industrial or commercial organisations)
contribute to the clinical training of nursing and midwifery students
supervise nursing support staff and other hospital staff.
In hospitals, nurses usually work according to a rotating seven-day roster that includes morning, afternoon and night shifts, as well as weekends and public holidays. In other areas, the hours depend on the service.
good communication skills
able to assume responsibility and a leadership role
able to take initiative in emergencies
tolerant, patient and tactful in dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
able to work both independently and as part of a team
able to cope with the physical demands and psychological aspects of the job.