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Registered Nurse
Coney is a Registered Nurse. She’s a real ‘people person’ who helps people on the road to
recovery. Although the job keeps her very busy, she enjoys the variety in her work. She hopes to
travel with her skills to Europe someday – and, eventually, wants to work her way up to become a
staff development nurse.

I help patients who are sick, liaising with other health care workers, such as doctors, physios and
other nurses, to help people get better.

My day at the hospital starts with a quick scan of the whiteboard to check where I am on the chart
and see what patients I’m looking after. Then it’s off to the hand-over room to listen to the hand-
over (on tape) or talk directly to the nurse I’m taking over from. They fill me in on the patients’
progress and warn me of any possible problems.

My favourite part of the day is saying ‘hello’ to patients. With the ‘hellos’, I also check their blood
pressure, pulse, temperature, medications, any catheters and so on – and then do hourly
measurements and record them.

With the other tasks that fill my day such as monitoring and following through on results of tests and
following up on doctors’ requests, I’m kept very busy.

Some people ask about the difference between an enrolled nurse and a Registered Nurse.
Registered Nurses are able to do things like administer drugs (giving needles) or defibrillation
(resuscitating using 'paddles'). Enrolled nurses provide basic bedside care for their patients under
the direction of Registered Nurses and doctors.

With university training, Registered Nurses can specialise in a long list of clinical areas, such as
critical care, emergency, theatre or mental health. They can also study to become midwives and
deliver babies.

It’s a team approach when you work at a hospital. Even though you have your own patients for
each shift, if you have a lighter workload than others, you go and give them a hand. The favour is
usually returned.

I became a Registered Nurse because I like caring for people and I enjoy working with the wide
variety of people I care for. It’s also very satisfying to know that you can brighten someone’s day
just by taking the time to have a chat and making sure they are comfortable.

On the whole, patients are great – but some can be aggressive and not so nice to care for, so it’s a
big ‘plus’ in this job to have good ‘people skills’ and be able to defuse a situation.
The hours we work are quite flexible. I work either an early shift that starts at 7.00 in the morning and
finishes at 3.30 in the afternoon or a lunchtime shift starting at 1.00 in the afternoon and finishing at
9.30 in the evening.

Job prospects are good because there are many different environments where nurses are needed,
ranging from hospitals to community health clinics, nursing homes, private homes
(home care) and schools.

The pay depends on where you are working but, on average, graduate Registered Nurses start at
$31,000 per year, with salaries ranging up to more than $56,000 per year for level-four nurses.

To become a Registered Nurse, I studied theory and practical for a Bachelor of Nursing at
university. I’m always updating my skills as various protocols and medicine changes so, in this job,
you have to be prepared to keep learning.

Because you spend quite a lot of time with patients, it’s always sad to see them leave but it’s also
the best part of my job to see someone get well and send them home happy and pain-free.

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