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Get out of town: 6 big benefits of regional, rural and remote area nursing

Why you should consider a career as a regional, rural or remote area nurse. 

A career in regional and remote area nursing is a unique and fulfilling experience offering so many benefits. Financial perks, flexible working options, growing your professional network, learning on the road and contributing to the communities you work in are some of the highlights. Not to mention, you'll be exploring unique and exceptional parts of Australia, immersing yourself in local culture and learning about the history and traditions of Australia.

Our nurses share what they consider the six biggest benefits.

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Work/life balance - work when you want!

Life shouldn't be all work and no play. Flexible and varied work options are what attracts so many of our nurses – work when you want, where you want and for how long.

Want four months off to travel, study or pursue other interests? Work six days on, six days off? Or work three months back-to-back and then take three months off? No problem, the choice is yours.

Sometimes we can even arrange for your friends, partner or family to travel with you. These opportunities can be limited, but with some flexibility, it is possible.

Plus, our Work Perks incentive program allows you to earn up to an additional $4,600 of cash and benefits per year simply by working or referring friends. This means more money in your pocket to spend on the things you love the most.
 

Endless opportunities to explore Australia

Australia has some of the most diverse landscapes, communities, and cultures in the world just waiting to be explored. From the outback to the sea, there's an adventure perfect for you.

From Alice Springs, Kakadu and Port Headland to Cairns, Norfolk Island or the Hunter Valley. The opportunities are endless. Work in any or all these unique destinations and make lifelong friends in the process.

CQ Nurse contracts can be all-inclusive. This means your travel to and from your contract location, including flights, trains and car transfers. Plus, accommodation during your contract is either provided free of charge or subsidised.

Immersing yourself in the destination, getting to know the locals, and understanding their traditions, culture and way of life is an extraordinary opportunity. Remote Area Nurse Barb says she particularly enjoys talking to the older generation and is fascinated with their ancient beliefs and life on the land.

"I have always been fascinated with Australian history and wanted to work in the outback. I recall as a kid reading stories about travelling nurses who went to faraway places to work with the Australian Indigenous people". Barb - Remote Area Nurse

These unique experiences have provided many of our nurses with successful side hustles. Some have started blogs, social media pages and podcasts, which have turned into marketing opportunities, paid sponsorships, and even radio interviews.

Let us take you to parts of Australia that others may never get to see!
 

Make a difference

Health inequalities are generally more significant in regional and remote areas due to challenges in accessing quality health and specialist care. Residents living in these areas have a shorter life expectancy and a higher level of disease due to limited education, employment opportunities and lower incomes.

You can contribute to closing the healthcare gap for Australians living in regional, rural and remote areas. Your commitment not only contributes to improving the health outcomes of residents, but your work is also highly appreciated, at times more so than in metropolitan areas.
 

Grow your knowledge and expertise

Step out of your comfort zone and strengthen and expand your skillset. Regional, rural and remote area nursing provides experiences you'll never encounter in a city hospital or metropolitan primary care setting.

Often regional areas have limited staff and expertise. This provides considerable opportunities to work across many disciplines from maternal, infant and child health to aged care, palliative care and emergency care. Plus, you can grow your network of health professional contacts all over Australia. You never know what doors these might open in the future.

At CQ Nurse, we value professional development. We offer education and training opportunities while you're on the road through our upskilling program, fostering skills and develop your leadership. You may even qualify for an education grant to put towards a formal qualification.
 

Every day is different

No two days are the same with regional, rural or remote nursing. Remote nurses are often the first contact for a range of primary care functions.

You'll work with a diverse patient mix, have greater autonomy, responsibility and utilise a wide range of skills across many specialisations.

"I went bush and loved it. I like the autonomy and looking after a complete person. No day is like another. You're learning about other cultures and combining the two. It's a huge learning curve that hasn't stopped." Judy – Remote Area Nurse
 

Make new friends

Need we say more… You'll meet so many new and interesting people on contract, and even make lifelong friendships.

Despite not getting much opportunity to cross paths with you, we consider you family. If you happen to pass by one of our local offices, we'd love you to drop in for a cuppa and a chat to share your stories and photos of your adventures, family and friends.
 

Supporting you all the way

From the moment you accept a contract to the moment your contract finishes and you arrive home safely, we are there to support you. All you need to do is have fun, work hard and reap the benefits.

Read more from our blog on what to expect on a contract or what you need to prepare before starting a contract.
 

If you're ready to take the leap and hit the road, book a chat with our recruitment team.


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