What they do
Community health nurses work all over the state providing health education and nursing services in a community setting to children and their parents. They may need to work with people from many different cultures and ethnicity, including indigenous people. They may also work with disadvantaged and disempowered people. Especially in remote areas, they may be called upon to carry out many and varied nursing tasks.
Specialisations include: Registered Nurse (Health Education and Promotion), Registered Nurse (Public Health), Registered Nurse (School Nurse)
Working conditions for a community health nurse will depend on location. Community health nurses in remote locations can work long hours in difficult conditions.
Tools and technologies
Community health nurses need to be proficient with a wide variety of tools and technologies associated with nursing as they may be called upon to perform many different tasks in remote areas.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a registered nurse, you usually need to study a degree in nursing at university.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Once you are qualified as a registered nurse, you can complete a specialised postgraduate course to become a community health nurse.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a community health nurse in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. You will also need to hold a current Working with Children Check issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Communities.