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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:

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

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

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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
The Salvation Army – NSW/ACT/QLD
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Opportunity for a Registered Nurse with experience in mental health and a passion for aged care. Join our friendly team in Balmain, Inner West Sydney
Sanctuary Recruitment Pty Ltd
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
Registered Nurses for an 8 week contract, working with one of the biggest Aged Care Organisations in Australia!
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Lucan Group Pty Ltd
Brisbane
Our client is looking for a strong leader who wants to grow within a truly professional, care-focused, organisation that wants input. Be valued.
Redstone Recruitment Pty Ltd
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Modern Aged Care home requires an experienced Registered Nurse to lead clinical management. Beautiful aged care facility within an outstanding group.
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