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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Assistant In Nursing is between $45k and $55k

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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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How do Assistant In Nursings rate their role?

Latest reviews from 51 Assistant In Nursings surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
4.1
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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Working hours for Assistant In Nursings

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Weekends
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What are the job opportunities for Assistant In Nursings?

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National increase over next 5 years *
6%
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Source: LMIP. Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

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