A world of opportunity
This career is as rewarding as it is diverse, writes Cara Jenkin
NURSING is one of the few professions that can provide workers with an array of career paths from a single base qualification.
The Royal College of Nursing Australia Nursing and Health Expo this weekend is a national event aimed at guiding nursing workers as well as new recruits in the direction that suits them.
Nurses start with a vocational qualification in enrolled nursing and can undertake further vocational and tertiary study to move into specialised and/or advanced nursing roles.
Nurses also are needed across the healthcare sector, including aged care, acute care, health promotion and practitioner levels.
RCNA chief executive Adjunct Associate Professor Debra Cerasa says the expos are held across Australia for nursing workers to explore and discover the myriad of opportunities available in the nursing profession.
‘‘ The skills and scope of practice available to nurses today is impressive,’’ she says.
‘‘ Nurses have opportunities to work and specialise in any number of health areas or settings. Nurses are at the frontline of healthcare and are predominantly the first point of contact for patients.’’
Universities, hospitals, health-care providers, professional associations and product companies are among those who will be exhibiting at the expo at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
‘‘ With all this under one roof, the expo will also provide the wider community with a chance to be informed about the work nurses do,’’ Cerasa says. The expo is open between 10am and 3pm tomorrow. Visit www.rcna.org.au for more information.
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