Nurses work closely with different health professionals, patients and their families, and 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 makes nursing a career that is both rewarding and versatile.
While most people think of nurses as working exclusively in clinical practice (looking after the sick or injured) and in hospitals, there is more variety than first appears. Many work in community education, factories, offices, schools, pharmaceutical companies, administration or in nurse education. There are also many specialisations within clinical practice, such as emergency, aged care, midwifery or intensive care.
Our 2020 rankings are designed to highlight a universities’ specific strengths, offering insight to support and guide decision-making when choosing a university. You can view the rankings in terms of how each university performs overall, or you can narrow down by field of study and state.
We looked at which universities with undergraduate nursing degrees performed best in full-time employment, skills development and graduate salary.
This rating compares the employment rates of graduates who were secured full-time employment four months after completing their course. University of Sydney ranked first with a 97.2% employment rate, followed closely by University of Woollongong with 93%.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the skill development they experienced through their studies. The University of Notre Dame Australia took top place with a 93% satisfaction rate. Swinburne University of Technology ranked second with 91.7%.
This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. University of Southern Queensland took the top spot with a median salary of $65,200 a year. Curtin University secured second place with students earning a median annual salary of $64,700.
You can view all 2020 rankings for nursing and support here — filter by level to view both undergraduate and postgraduate ratings.