A world of op­por­tu­nity

This ca­reer is as re­ward­ing as it is di­verse, writes Cara Jenkin

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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.

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: De­mand for aged-care nurses is only go­ing to grow in a fast-grey­ing so­ci­ety.

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