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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.

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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. Be over 16 years of age with high school English achieved to a minimum year 10 level.
  2. 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).
  3. 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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Prepare to work as an Assistant in Nursing with a vocational qualification. Part-time and full-time study options are available.

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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

This qualification gives you the skills needed to assist professional health staff in the care of clients.
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How do Assistant In Nursings rate their role?

Latest reviews from 49 Assistant In Nursings surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.1

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Aug 2019
I love my job and the paths of the different people I interact with daily ‘tis a rewarding job when you do it Properly with your team communication is of importance
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Assistant in Nursing
The good things
The good things Working as part of a team Caring for others Working environment is great Knowing you have put a smile on someone’s face Working with caring and compassionate people
The challenges
Take notice and learn proper procedures for the safety of clients and yourself. Abide policies and procedures of organisation they are their for a reason If your not caring and compassionate and canno...
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Oct 2018
Nursing is a straining, tiring career but it’s is also the most rewarding and exciting
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Helping people when they are not able to help themselves. It’s a very rewarding career with lots of different career paths you may undertake
The challenges
Challenges are being faced everyday. Nursing is a variation of work with no two days being the same
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Nov 2018
Nursing is hard work but done right it can be very self rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Support worker
The good things
You are making a difference in someone else’s life, if you enjoy helping people then you’ll succeed in the job, you need empathy and compassion
The challenges
Mental illness, disabilities, dementure, can be very overwhelming, it can be very mentally draining more often then not, they can have violent outbursts so your safety is very important as well as the...
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Oct 2018
Nursing is a challenging but satisfying job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Community Services
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
community service
The good things
It is a very good job as you are helping someone who are in need. I always enjoyed my role and very satisfied with it.
The challenges
sometimes residents can be aggressive. so in that situation we just need to stay calm leave resident for few minutes t.
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Oct 2018
Tough but good widen the vision of one who is a nurse, good platform to know people and their culture
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of accounting and business administration
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
High care and low care
The good things
Everyday new learning opportunities, career progression with experience, good pay
The challenges
Meet the demands, handling complaints, to follow safety measures for own safety, to deal with diverse cultures carefully and with respect all the time, meet customer service criteria.
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Oct 2018
Nursing isn't an easy job but I wouldn't want to do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Dementia care
The good things
Firstly you need to be extremely passionate about caring for the elderly. They are vulnerable people and need Assistant Nurses to really want to make a difference to their day. This is what I love the...
The challenges
One of the challenges I face every day is dealing with aggressive behaviors from the elderly suffering with dementia. You need a lot of patience and you need to be a kind, caring and calm person. I fi...
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Oct 2018
Nursing can be difficult but also rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
AIN
The good things
It is a very rewarding and fulfilling job assisting the Aged with their daily cares whether they are in low care, high care, palliative or dementia care. Helping the elderly to achieve their health an...
The challenges
Understaffing and poor pay are definitely the greatest challenges of being an Assistant in Nursing
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Oct 2018
Nursing is a tough job but so fulfilling and rewarding and you get to meet the best people
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert lll in aged care
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Assistant in nursing
The good things
Being an assistant nurse and bringing quality of life to those who need it is so rewarding
The challenges
Sometimes you lose residents no matter how much you love them
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Oct 2018
I have a passion for nursing and love going to work 💞
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Dementia Practice
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Assistant in nursing
The good things
Working in the nursing industry you need compassion patience empathy and love , people who are sick confused elderly need all of these and more. I love my job and you can learn so much especially from...
The challenges
Every day you could be faced with challenges but this makes you a better person
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Oct 2018
Caring is a tough job but i wouldn't do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Disability support worker
The good things
Flexibility with working hours
The challenges
Having an empathetic attitude and being aware that every day is a different day
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What are the job opportunities for Assistant In Nursings?

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
6%
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