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Nurse - Registered

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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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