Registered Nurses (Surgical)
Registered Nurses (Surgical) provide nursing care to patients with injuries and illness that require surgical intervention.
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
Works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients.
Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans.
Promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities.
Answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care.
Supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.
- 254411 Nurse Practitioners
- 254412 Registered Nurses (Aged Care)
- 254413 Registered Nurses (Child and Family Health)
- 254414 Registered Nurses (Community Health)
- 254415 Registered Nurses (Critical Care and Emergency)
- 254416 Registered Nurses (Developmental Disability)
- 254417 Registered Nurses (Disability and Rehabilitation)
- 254418 Registered Nurses (Medical)
- 254421 Registered Nurses (Medical Practice)
- 254422 Registered Nurses (Mental Health)
- 254423 Registered Nurses (Perioperative)
- 254424 Registered Nurses (Surgical)
- 254425 Registered Nurses (Paediatrics)
- 254499 Registered Nurses (not covered elsewhere)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Registered Nurses, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 49% of people employed as Registered Nurses (Surgical) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 17 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Registered Nurses (Surgical) work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Registered Nurses (Surgical)||All Jobs Average|
Around 67% of Registered Nurses (Surgical) live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Registered Nurses (Surgical) is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 92% of the workforce. This is 44 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Registered Nurses (Surgical)||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience is usually needed to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).
Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Registered Nurses (Surgical)||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||9.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.1||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Looking for ways to help people.
45%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
39%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
37%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
76%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
68%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
58%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
48%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
41%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
37%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
35%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
30%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
25%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
23%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
22%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
21%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Read and understand written information.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
50%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
48%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
92%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
83%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
83%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
82%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
78%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
77%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
75%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
73%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
72%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
70%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
68%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
67%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
66%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
64%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
63%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
63%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
63%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
62%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
57%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
54%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
100%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
98%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
97%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
95%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
92%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
90%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
89%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Talk with people face-to-face.
86%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
85%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
85%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Use electronic mail.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
80%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
80%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
79%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
75%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Talk on the telephone.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.