Career Pathways


Nursing is a job where you get to make a difference in people’s lives every day. You will be challenged as no two days will be the same.

You will provide emotional and physical support to patients and their families. There are lots of places you might work including hospitals, medical practices, operating theatres, schools, aged care facilities and the community.

Four roles available are as an assistant in nursing, an enrolled nurse, a registered nurse and a midwife.

  • An assistant in nursing works under the supervision of a registered nurse and assists patients with personal care and activities of daily living.
  • An enrolled nurse also works under the supervision of a registered nurse and provides basic nursing care and does less complex procedures than registered nurses.
  • A registered nurse is able to work independently and in teams. They are accountable for their own actions and the tasks they delegate to enrolled nurses and assistants in nursing.
  • A midwife provides care during pregnancy, labour, birth and after a baby is born to both the mother and infant.

A career in nursing will be one of lifelong learning. This can include on the job learning, and off the job learning such as further study.

The following pathway shows an option to see if you might like the health industry. At the Certificate III level you can get some hands on experience. You don’t need to be an assistant in nursing to become an enrolled nurse, and you don’t need to be an enrolled nurse to become a registered nurse. Everyone has their own journey. Where you start and where you end is up to you!

Pathway key:

  • Study
  • Job Outcomes
  • Personal Story
  • Further Options

Thinking about starting your journey in health and not sure if you’ll like it?


Certificate II in Health Support Services

Potential Certificate III qualifications for assistance roles


Certificate III in Individual Support

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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Potential Diploma qualification for nursing roles


Diploma of Nursing

With this qualification you could work as an:

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Potential Bachelor Degree qualifications for nursing and midwifery roles


Bachelor of Nursing

With this qualification you could work as a:

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Bachelor of Midwifery

With this qualification you could work as a:

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  • At the Bachelor degree level there is the option to complete dual qualifications to register in two health professions. You could become a Registered Nurse/Midwife.

Further Options

Enrolled Nurses, Registered Nurses and Midwives can advance their scope of practice with training and assessment. An Enrolled Nurse can become an Enrolled Nurse Advanced Skills. Registered Nurses and Midwives have many career options including advanced or specialized clinical practice, education, leadership, system supports and research.

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