Careers In Focus: Nursing

Have you ever thought about a career in nursing? Are you looking for a job as a nurse?

Whether you are fully qualified or about to enrol in a course, here’s a guide to the benefits of a nursing career and how to apply for a job as a nurse.

There are various benefits of a nursing career, according to the Institute Of Health & Management and Indeed

Benefits of a nursing career

Personally and professionally satisfying

As a nurse, you can save or have a major impact on people’s lives.  You also get to help bring new life into the world. Playing such an important role can provide gratification that is  not achieved in other professions.

There is always something to learn

As a nurse, each case is different. You are exposed to a wide variety of patients and medical conditions. Nurses must stay current with the latest developments in their field and be aware of the latest treatments and research. Therefore, you are constantly developing your skills.

Day-to-day variety

Nurses always have variety in their day-to-day tasks, which makes nursing ideal for those who like new challenges.

Work with a diverse array of people

Nursing could be an ideal career for people who enjoy meeting and working with a variety of people. In addition to patients, nurses work with various other professionals, including doctors, specialists and social workers. They are also exposed to people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Work anywhere

Nursing positions are available in various locations all over Australia. Some nurses are travel nurses, who start work in a new place every thirteen weeks.

Stable employment

Nursing offers a stable, secure career. With Australia’s ageing population, the demand for nurses will only increase.

Diverse opportunities

Nurses don’t just work in hospitals. They can also work in patients’ homes, healthcare facilities and community centres. 

Ability to specialise

Nursing allows you to tailor your career to your interests. Nurses are exposed to a wide set of career options throughout their training.  For example, you can work in aged care, mental health, disability, childcare or early childhood education. 

Career Advancement

A nursing career provides the opportunity for career advancement based on your interests. For example, you could work as a manager, shift leader or floor manager. Nurses also commonly transition to other medical fields.

Celebrated and valued profession

Nursing is among the most valued professions in Australia. Nurses are seen as highly trustworthy, ethical and honest. They also receive significant professional recognition.


A career in nursing can provide great flexibility. Nursing positions are usually available full or part-time. Some nurses work on a temporary or seasonal basis to accommodate staffing needs and enjoy more flexibility.

Some nurses work twelve hour shifts 3 days per week, giving them flexibility to pursue other interests. However, if that doesn’t appeal to you many nurses work a more standard schedule.


How to find nursing jobs

Sites such as Seek and Indeed advertise various nursing positions.

The Healthcare Australia and Nursing Jobs sites allow you to search for various nursing jobs across Australia according to location.

The Alliance Of Rural & Remote site allows prospective nurses to express their interest in working in a rural or remote area.

In addition, each state has its own job board such as  I Work For NSW   (New South Wales) or Careers Victoria  (Victoria). These allow you to search for nursing positions in the state.

Many hospitals will also advertise positions on their websites.

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