1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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NURSING PROFESSIONALS treat and care for the physically or mentally ill, the elderly, and mothers and their babies in hospitals, nursing homes, medical centres and the community. They provide health counselling for individuals and families, manage human and material resources for a nursing group or unit and are responsible for the professional development of nurses and for researching issues concerning nursing practice.

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks performed by Nursing Professionals typically include managing nursing staff within a group or unit and providing professional leadership; evaluating nurses' ongoing educational needs and planning relevant syllabus structures; assisting in the examination of patients, administering prescribed treatment, monitoring patients' progress and facilitating lifestyle options and service plans in conjunction with patients' families, other carers and the community.

Occupations in this minor group are classified into the following unit groups:

This section contains the following subsection :
            2321 Nurse Managers
            2322 Nurse Educators and Researchers
            2323 Registered Nurses
            2324 Registered Midwives
            2325 Registered Mental Health Nurses
            2326 Registered Developmental Disability Nurses

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