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Career outcomes of a Diploma of Nursing


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Whether you are looking to expand your career in the health industry or keen to make a positive impact on people’s lives and health, we have a diploma that can help you get there.

Studying a Diploma of Nursing at Swinburne Online provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills and gain the hands-on experience needed for you to succeed in the health-care industry.

Depending on your chosen career path, you could work in a wide range of settings, such as aged care, rehabilitation and mental health services under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Check out some of the career paths that you could take once you complete a Diploma of Nursing with Swinburne Online:

Aged Care Nurse

As an Aged Care Nurse, you will be responsible for a wide range of tasks related to assisting aged patients – this may include providing support and personal care with eating, dressing, bathing and toileting, maintaining their health conditions, promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviours, and offering support and assessment tools needed to manage their health problems.

Each patient will have different difficulties that they are dealing with, so having a respectful, positively assertive, empathetic approach is essential in understanding their needs and determining the best approach to assist them. During your course, you may undertake placements in aged care facilities, hospitals or in the community, giving you valuable experience as an Aged Care Nurse.

Palliative Care Nurse

Palliative Care Nurses work in a range of settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities and community settings providing support and daily care to people who are experiencing severe or complex symptoms related to a life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

Your responsibilities could include creating a comfortable environment for treatment, monitoring patients’ health conditions, administering medication, supporting the patients’ families in critical-care settings and ensuring that the patients have the best quality of life and end-of-life care possible.

Rehabilitation Nurse

Rehabilitation Nurses work in a highly specialised field, assisting patients with a disability or those who suffer from chronic disease and helping them to recover and maintain maximum function.

As a Rehabilitation Nurse, your responsibilities might include assisting patients in accomplishing essential activities of daily living and encouraging them to live their lives actively by developing plans and goals for recovery.

Mental Health Nurse

As a Mental Health Nurse, you will assist patients dealing with a range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, psychosis and bipolar disorder. Your responsibilities include providing medical and psychological support, monitoring mood disturbances, administering medication, managing the patients’ distress and giving encouragement to patients to reach their highest potential, leading to a better quality of life.

Some of the important skills to have as a Mental Health Nurse include active listening, excellent communication, critical thinking and negotiation – as you will be interacting with different types of personalities.

Acute Care Nurse

As an Acute Care Nurse, you will assist a Registered Nurse in providing critical care to patients suffering from a serious injury or episode of illness.

Your responsibilities might include assessing and monitoring patients’ health conditions, enabling diagnostic tests, discussing medical care options with patients and family members and developing future health-care plans with other health-care professionals.

Working as an Acute Care Nurse requires you to perform tasks in high-stress situations such as administering emergency first aid. Therefore, having good decision making, critical thinking and problem-solving skills is essential.

If you think the Diploma of Nursing with Swinburne Online might be right for you, find out more on the course page or apply today.