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The study of the principles and practices of providing general and specialised preventative, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care to individuals and groups. It includes the study of the structure and function of the human body and mind, the restoration and maintenance of health, pain control, human behaviour and nursing ethics. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups. It also involves developing an understanding of professional responsibility in relation to individuals, the community and other health professionals.

Course skills

Nursing develops skills in:

  • assessment and identification of health care needs
  • developing skills in health problem identification and clinical decision-making
  • developing skills in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care provided to individuals and groups.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


  • Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses

    Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities and in the community, and assist parents in providing care to newborn infants under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Midwife.

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  • Midwives

    Midwives provide care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.

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  • Nurse Educators and Researchers

    Nurse Educators and Researchers provide clinical and theoretical education to and promote professional development of nurses and midwives, and conduct research into nursing practice.

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  • Nurse Managers

    Nurse Managers manage health service units and sub-units of hospitals, aged care and community health care facilities, supervise nursing staff and financial resources to enable the provision of safe, cost effective nursing care within specified fields or for particular units, and monitor quality, clinical standards and professional development of nurses.

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  • Registered Nurses

    Registered Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities, and in the community.

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