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Aged Care Registered Nurse

Deliver primary health care to aged patients in a variety of settings including hospitals and home care.

What's it like to be an Aged Care Registered Nurse?

Aged Care Registered Nurses are qualified nurses who deliver primary health care to elderly patients predominantly in hospital, aged care homes, home care or community settings.

Aged Care Registered Nurse

Tasks and duties

  • Provide high quality nursing care by delivering, managing and overseeing procedures, medication administration and restorative care. This also includes safe behavioural management in dementia care and emergency responses, including care of patients related to falls and infections
  • Support with palliative care including complex pain management.
  • Update and maintain medical records and liaise with other health professionals and patients’ family members as required.
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Regardless of where they work, Aged Care Registered Nurses play an important role in administering medications, observing patients, monitoring health and diet, managing chronic disease and dementia.

Aged Care Registered Nurses tend to work collaboratively with other skilled professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speciality nurses and others to provide patient care.

What can I earn as an Aged Care Registered Nurse?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Aged Care Registered Nurse is between $65k and $75k
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How to become an Aged Care Registered Nurse


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To become a Registered Nurse in Australia you need to complete a bachelor degree in the field of nursing. These are usually full time courses over three years, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of nursing. This could be a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Science (majoring in Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies). Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program.
  2. Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Registration must be renewed annually. Gain experience working within an aged care setting.
  3. RNs can pursue post graduate qualifications specialising in aged care or undertake nurse practitioner studies in aged care, which allows them to prescribe some medications and conduct investigations in consultations with doctors.

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How do Aged Care Registered Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 1 Aged Care Registered Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
5.0
Job satisfaction
5.0
Career progression opportunities
5.0
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
5.0
Variety of work
5.0

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Oct 2018
Nursing is something that runs in my blood. And i am proud of it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Nursing
The good things
To have sucess and achieve goal of your daily life you should be passionate about what you do. Likewise Nursing is not a job for me its is something that represent me and m proud to be part of it and ...
The challenges
Nursing is all about care which builds up with different division of work individually. Such as being carer is a special position to work where you van have direct contact with your residents and get ...
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What are the job opportunities for Aged Care Registered Nurses?

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National increase over next 5 years *
11.7%
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