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Aged Care Registered Nurse

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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Organisational skills
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Written skills
  • Coaching
  • Change management

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Ms office proficiency
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What are the job opportunities for Aged Care Registered Nurses?

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Job opportunities

Aged Care Registered Nurse jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Registered Nurses
Latest Aged Care Registered Nurse jobs on SEEK
Carinity
Gold Coast
Join the team at Cedarbrook as a Part Time RN. Carinity offers extensive Salary Packaging options!
Regis
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
East Malvern Location | New State Of The Art Facility | Looking for passionate, customer focussed registered nurses to join our support facility.
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Japara Healthcare
Gold Coast
Japara is looking for Registered Nurses to join our brand new state of the art home located in Robina opening soon!
Orchard Talent Group
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
Seeking a passionate and experienced Registered Nurse for a boutique Aged Care provider in Sydney's South available to work 4-5 shifts per week.
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