Nurses are an integral part of modern healthcare. There are fewer professions more necessary, or more respected. Aside from being a profession that directly helps people, nursing as a career also offers a lot of personal advantages.
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It is expected that Australia will have a significant shortfall of nurses in the next 10 years, meaning that nursing graduates will be in high demand.* The increasing need for registered nurses and nurse specialists is due to the higher dependence on the healthcare system in general, driven by an ageing population, the rising cost of treatment, as well as rising consumer expectations.
Nursing is all about helping others. A patients’ quality of life or chance of survival often grows directly due to the efforts of nurses helping with their treatment.
Ask yourself, are you interested in:
If you answered yes to any of these, then a career in nursing could be right for you.
If you think nursing is all about checking blood pressure and sticking needles in arms, then think again. With training spanning science and health science, technology and theory, nursing takes a lot of expertise.
At Sydney Nursing School we educate nurses who:
You will learn from nurses and academics who are leaders in the nursing field. We are consistently ranked as one of the top nursing schools in the country and the world. Our graduates are highly employable, which is why we are ranked #1 in Australia and #4 in the world for graduate employability.
If you like repetitiveness and taking it easy, then nursing is not for you. In healthcare settings, situations can change fast. Your day may start by doing routine checks on patients but can quickly be interrupted by a medical emergency that needs immediate attention. Handling a fast-paced and slightly unpredictable work environment can sometimes be a challenge, but many nurses say they thrive on this dynamic pace. If you like variety and a job that keeps you on your toes, then nursing could be perfect for you.
“Our patients come from different multicultural backgrounds and they present with different types of illnesses - not a single day is ever the same. I love working in a fast-paced, challenging environment and the emergency department is the place to be if you are an adrenaline junkie. I get satisfaction from getting through the day knowing that I’ve contributed in improving someone's health.”
Ryan Catahan, Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) graduate.
Think that there is only one kind of nursing career available to you? Think again. A career in nursing can be as varied as any other profession. There are a range of academic and professional opportunities to progress your nursing career.
Once you become a registered nurse, you can specialise in a range of areas such as:
There is also the option of working in international aid, health policy, as clinical nurse consultants and specialists. You can also move into research or academics, government or even management positions in the health sector to expand your career.
At Sydney Nursing School, we are the Australian-leader in providing educational excellence in nursing.** We offer a portfolio of postgraduate programs to registered nurses who wish to become nurse specialists. Our postgraduate specialty programs are offered at master’s, graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels and offer you the opportunity to not only progress your career, but also make a tangible difference in the lives of Australians.
“The fantastic thing about nursing is that there are so many paths and specialties. I am hoping to go into either theatre, paediatrics, the intensive care unit or the emergency department and continue my professional development in one of those areas. Perhaps after 5 years working in one of those areas, I will work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner.”
Wendy Huynh, Master of Nursing (GEM) student.