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Career outcomes

Our nursing graduates have pursued careers as:

  • registered nurses
  • medical nurses
  • surgical nurses
  • paediatric nurses
  • aged care nurses
  • community nurses
  • developmental disability nurses
  • maternal and infant nurse
  • mental health nurses
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Turn your compassion into a rewarding career. Use your skills, knowledge and experience to provide crucial care and improve the wellbeing of vulnerable people when they need it most. We train more graduate nurses than anyone else in Australia, and we’ve been doing it for decades. That’s why our nursing graduates are consistently in demand, renowned for their compassion, quality of training, quick-thinking and expertise. Study nursing at ACU and you’ll get the full benefits of our leading reputation, state-of-the-art facilities, and connections to an extensive range of hospitals and healthcare partners – giving you great opportunities for industry placements and future employment. If you’re also after overseas experiences, we work with care facilities in a number of developed and developing nations.

Connect with communities

In line with our Catholic identity and commitment to the common good, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in meaningful community engagement from your first year. Not only will this will build your skills and attributes, it’ll open your mind to transformative learning experiences as you provide a real, life-enriching contribution to a community’s wellbeing. Trust us, it’ll be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.

Industry partnerships

Our industry links can do more than get your foot in the door. As a Catholic university, ACU is well-placed for you to connect with a range of Catholic healthcare organisations and professionals around Australia. We also enjoy strong industry ties with other hospitals and health partners, providing opportunities for industry experience and research collaboration.

Learn at the leader

Choose ACU and you’ll be studying at an institution widely recognised as a leader in nursing education, training and research. As a graduate from a national university, you will also be able to take this prestige with you around Australia, wherever you end up. We rank equal first for nursing research by ERA, and we’re in the top 50 for nursing worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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Top-notch training

To reach your potential as a fully capable, compassionate and work-ready nursing graduate, we want you to hit the ground running. That’s why we integrate professional experience opportunities into your course, whether it’s through simulation-based learning, practice placements, or taking part in our clinics and clinical schools.

Meet our students and staff

Alumni profile Nursing graduate Annabel Pike

Annabel Pike

Bachelor of Nursing

"I've been gifted with wonderful opportunities and awards since my ACU graduation. I received the Pride of Australia Medal for Care and Compassion, I was the recipient of the HESTA Australia Graduate Nurse of the Year Award (2013), and I've been nominated for Young Australian of the Year. I believe ACU helped shaped me into the nurse I am today, one that adores my vocation. I hope to facilitate the same experience for other new nurses, both here in Australia and overseas.

"I want to make an impact by utilising the skills modeled by ACU. I hope to provide exceptional evidence-based holistic nursing care to my patients and their families."

Staff profile Professor of Nursing, Paul Fulbrook

Paul Fulbrook

Professor, Nursing

Dr Paul Fulbrook is Professor of Nursing at ACU. He also holds a joint appointment as Nursing Director, Research and Practice Development at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, where he leads the Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre.

Within the critical care context, Dr Fulbrook has been widely published and spoken at many international and national conferences. He is currently involved with several research projects in intensive care and emergency care.

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