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Assistant In Nursing

Use communication, empathy and customer service to assist Registered Nurses and Midwives in the care of patients.

What's it like to be an Assistant In Nursing?

Assistants in Nursing (also known as Nursing Support Workers) work under the direction of Registered Nurses to deliver limited care to patients. They have strong communication, empathy and customer service skills that they use in assisting their patients with their daily routines, such as showering, toileting, dressing, eating, communication, mobility, medication and exercise regimes. They also keep accurate patient records and assist in the planning of daily routines and ongoing care regimens.

Assistant In Nursing

Tasks and duties

  • Assisting patients with their personal care needs such as showering, toileting, shaving, oral hygiene, dressing and eating.
  • Assisting patients with their mobility and communication needs.
  • Following therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems.
  • Observing and reporting changes in patients' condition.
  • Assisting with rehabilitation exercises, basic treatment and delivering medications.
  • Assisting nursing and midwifery staff with routine technical support functions including setting up for procedures, cleaning equipment and completing basic documentation.
  • Maintaining accurate and detailed patient records.
  • Building effective relationships with patients through clear communication and empathy.
  • Applying simple wound dressings.
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Assistants in Nursing commonly work in aged care facilities, or under the direction of Registered Nurses and Midwives in a broad range of healthcare settings.

What can I earn as an Assistant In Nursing?

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How to become an Assistant In Nursing


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To become an Assistant in Nursing, you need to complete a qualification in Health Assistance. Certificate III is the minimum qualification level and includes work placement consisting of around 120 hours.

  1. Complete a qualification in Health Assistance, including the mandatory 120 hours of work placement training. This could be a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (HLT33115).
  2. While a Bachelor degree is not required to become an Assistant in Nursing, individuals who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Nursing may seek Assistant in Nursing positions while studying.

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May 2021
It is a rewarding role though dreadfully underpaid for the responsibility and ongoing training required.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged Care
The good things
Enabling people you care for to live a dignified, fulfilling life.
The challenges
Being expected to wear several hats even though you are not remunerated for it. Being under appreciated.
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May 2021
Assistant in Nursing is a job for passionate people who are willing to prioritise care over financial gain
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Assistant in Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Public Health
The good things
Personal satisfaction in helping others. Potential career progression
The challenges
Little appreciation for big differences to client's welfare.
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