Registered nurses (RNs) are skilled professionals providing evidence-based, compassionate care in varied settings. RNs have the privilege of supporting patients, often at critical times in their lives.

The role of RNs

RNs are authorised to practice without supervision while being accountable and responsible for the provision of nursing care.

RNs work with patients and clients in hospitals, the community and residential settings. RNs have a central role in the healthcare team, assessing, planning, providing and evaluating care for people with acute, chronic and complex health conditions.

RNs practice in all clinical specialties and also work in education, management, research and policy roles.

Starting your career as an RN

To become an RN you must complete an undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing. Nursing degrees are a mix of theory, simulation lab work, and clinical placements in various settings.

To practice as an RN, you must apply to and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Course and application information

Undergraduate nursing degrees are offered at three South Australian universities. Further information regarding courses and entry requirements can be found at:

Applications are processed through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Further information is available at the SATAC website.

Pathways into registered nursing

Aged Care workers (Cert 3 or 4) who wish to become ENs may be given credit for what is identified as prior learning. Please contact your preferred Registered Training Organisation to discuss your options.

Advancing your RN career

SA Health provides RNs with a range of career-enriching development pathways, including scholarships for:

SA Health also provides professional development opportunities for current and emerging nursing and midwifery leaders through the Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Programs.

With additional qualifications and training, you could become a Nurse Practitioner providing advanced, specialised care. RNs are also able to hold dual registration (as Registered Midwives) upon completion of a Bachelor of Midwifery degree.

Current RN vacancies

To view all SA Health nursing and midwifery employment vacancies, visit