About nurses and midwives

Enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives are regulated health practitioners who complete approved education pathways to become registered to practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Assistants in nursing, undergraduate students in nursing and undergraduate students in midwifery will have their requirements to work outlined in their role description.

Choosing a career in nursing and midwifery

If you want to explore pathways to careers in nursing and midwifery you can find out more on the Choose Your Own Health Career website.

Assistant in nursing roles

Assistants in nursing provide nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse or midwife. We employ them in a wide range of clinical settings including acute care, aged care, and peri-operatives services.

Undergraduate students in nursing or midwifery roles

Undergraduate students in nursing or midwifery work under the supervision of a registered nurse or midwife. We may employ them if they’re undertaking or have completed, on a full time basis, the second semester of the second year of a pre-registration university program or are undertaking the fourth semester of a second year post graduate pre-registration university program in a nursing or midwifery qualification approved by the NMBA.  We may employ undergraduate students of nursing and midwifery in acute care and subacute care settings.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cadetships

The Cadetship program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students studying their first undergraduate qualification in nursing or midwifery. The program links students with us in a Cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and paid work placement. Placements are usually for 12 weeks. Cadetships take place in a range of settings including community health, primary health and acute and subacute care.

Enrolled nursing roles

Enrolled nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse or midwife and provide direct and indirect care. Enrolled nurses work in a wide variety of settings including acute and subacute settings, primary health care settings, and residential care settings. Enrolled nurses with advanced skills demonstrate greater knowledge and skills and may work in specialty areas of practice.

Nursing and midwifery graduate employment

We have exciting graduate opportunities across all our Hospital and Health Services, ensuring your career is off to an exciting, challenging and fulfilling start. Find out more about our nurse and midwife graduate program.


As a midwife you’ll provide care, education, advice and support to women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and birth.

Read more about being a midwife on the Clinical Excellence Queensland midwifery website.

Nursing specialties

Read about the work our nurses do in Aged Care and Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs on our Clinical Excellence Queensland (CEQ) websites.

Last updated: November 2023