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.
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.
What can I earn as an Assistant In Nursing?
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How to become an Assistant In Nursing
- Be over 16 years of age with high school English achieved to a minimum year 10 level.
- 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).
- 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.