Nursing and midwifery
What can I do with my course in nursing and midwifery?
Careers in nursing and midwifery
As a registered nurse (Division 1), you have diverse professional opportunities. You are an integral member of a healthcare team in a hospital or in other healthcare settings. You work in specialised areas such as:
Most nursing specialisations require further study and training.
As your experience grows you may play a key role in the administration of health care, managing nursing services in hospitals and community health centres. You could also pursue a career with the defence force or with an international aid agency.
You must complete an accredited course in midwifery to be registered and/or legally licensed to practise as a midwife. As a midwife you work in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births and to provide care for the newborn and the infant.
You may work in a hospital delivery suite, post-natal area, special care nursery, in maternal child health, birth education or with a program that provides a flexible model of care. Specialisations may require further study and training.
Skills and attributes
You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in nursing and midwifery:
- Good time management and planning skills
- Empathy and a strong client focus
- An ability to handle pressure
- Clinical reasoning abilities and problem solving skills
- A high degree of motivation and self-discipline
- High level communication and interpersonal skills
- An ability to work independently and collaborate with other health professionals when required
- A commitment to evidence-based practice and ongoing professional development
Related roles include:
- Health development and policy
- Health promotion and education
- Human resources
- Nursing/public health policy
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for nursing and midwifery graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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