In order to work as a nurse in Australia, you need to be registered with the relevant state authority. The statute which is used is the Nurses and Midwives Act 1991. It strives to:
- protect the health and safety of the public by providing mechanisms to ensure that nurses and midwives are fit to practise, and
- provide mechanisms to enable the public and employers to readily identify nurses and midwives who are registered or enrolled.
Process for registration
At Sydney Nursing School it is possible for students who are not registered nurses to work towards a degree and subsequent registration. These courses are called "pre-registration". They include the combined degree courses and the Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry).
It is also possible for nurses who are already registered to further their studies in courses which are "post-registration". They include the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) and most of the postgraduate advanced learning courses in specialty areas.