Nursing is 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.
Courses in Nursing develop 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
This field comprises the following detailed fields:
- General Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
- Community Nursing
- Critical Care Nursing
- Aged Care Nursing
- Palliative Care Nursing
- Mothercraft Nursing and Family and Child Health Nursing
- Nursing, n.e.c.
- Veterinary nursing. This is included in Veterinary Assisting.
- Dental nursing. This is included in Dental Assisting.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.