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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 care and compassion into a rewarding and varied career providing crucial care to people when they need it most, and join the next generation of nurses improving community health and wellbeing. Put theory into practice in state-of-the-art nursing and midwifery simulation labs and ward environments, and learn to provide care to a variety of patients. Empathy is essential to being a good nurse, so you’ll gain understanding for family members, and experience care provision from ‘the other side of the bed’. You’ll be encouraged, through your core curriculum unit, to look at the world with empathy and confidence, to listen and lead, to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and to develop the courage to make an impact.

Learn at the leader

Our Bachelor of Nursing is ranked 14th in the world and sixth in Australia.* We’re Australia’s largest nursing school, and when you join us, you’ll get the full benefits of our strong relationships with more than 200 hospital and healthcare partners. Take advantage of our extensive network and your industry placements to set up future employment opportunities. *Shanghai Ranking, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

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Top-notch education

Interact and collaborate with students from across the allied health disciplines to better understand the ways health care connects in the real world. Link theory with practice in our state-of-the-art nursing simulation wards to prepare for your professional experience placements – and for your ultimate transition to professional practice as a registered nurse. If you’re after overseas experiences, we work with care facilities in a number of developed and developing nations.

Connect with communities

ACU holds a unique position as a truly national university with campuses in Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria. A nationalised curriculum draws on the wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise of ACU nurse academics and our external partners to provide you with a rich learning environment. Studying at ACU will enable you to undertake professional practice in any Australian environment. It’ll be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.

A helping hand

Access financial support, scholarships and grants to ease the costs of tertiary study. The helping hand you get now will enable you to make a difference for others throughout your career. Nursing will give you purpose, provide a diverse choice of specialties, present leadership opportunities, ensure your future security and bestow an immeasurable amount of job satisfaction. Isn’t it time you began?

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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