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Assistant In Nursing

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.

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.
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?

The most common salary  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. 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) or a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT40315).
  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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Written skills
  • Background check
  • Time management
  • Adaptability
  • Team work
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How do Assistant In Nursings rate their role?

Latest reviews from 48 Assistant In Nursings surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Satisfaction from helping people Making their journey the best I possibly can
The challenges
Adjusting to shift work with kids Sad when a resident passes away
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Considerably rewarding role, with every shift you have an opportunity to make a difference in someones life. The tiniest gesture can truly make a persons day.
The challenges
There are always challenges in every job. Its how we react to them challenges. With education, patience, empathy and compassion we can overcome those challenging moments.
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
The good things about this career is that it is a very rewarding one,despite several stress and challenges;especially when you have the passion in doing it from your day to day job tasks.Some resident...
The challenges
The challenges of the role here is that some residents can be quite rude at times when they demand something.Another one is,you feel frustrated when you dont have enough time to do all the tasks given...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
“Nursing is a tough job unleess you’re passionate The good things: You got to be passionate about nursing. It is an exceptionally rewarding career. The colleagues and patients are generally very good...
The challenges
The challenges: There are patients and families who will treat you terribly and can be abusive but they are not as common as the good ones. It can be challenging to lose a patient especially the nice...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Aged Care
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Operating theatre
The good things
An extremely busy but very rewarding with variety of jobs to do throughout the shift. Great staff support. Seeing patients get better and appreciate your help.
The challenges
Time management and prioritising in both roles is utmost.
1 out of 5Nov 2018
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...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Helping people makes me happy and valuable. I also learn something from them to improve myself.
The challenges
You have to work on shifts and deal with some emergencies situation. Be patient, have empathy with people and their family. Always treat people that the way you want to be treated. Don’t be afraid bec...
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Child Care
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Helping the elderly with dignity and respect
The challenges
Lots of heavy work and not enough time to be with the residents foe company
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Working as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) gives me self-fulfillment to be able to provide the highest quality of care that I can possibly provide for the residents whilst they are in my care.And to kno...
The challenges
Challenge! Time sometimes can be a challenge.In making sure that every residents needs to be look after in certain time and certain way.The most important thing is to get to know the resident.And of...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
You will learn to see the older generations in an amazing new light, you will learn amazing empathy skills that will stay with you for life. You must be fit and healthy for this role as it is fast pac...
The challenges
You must be patient and kind, and learn to read and understand the residents as they cannot communicate clearly what they need. Efficiency is of the upmost importance but the residents needs must com...
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What are the job opportunities for Assistant In Nursings?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
11.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers
Latest Assistant In Nursing jobs on SEEK
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Wagga Wagga & Riverina
Employment Type:  CasualPosition Classification: Assist In NursingRemuneration: $22.69 - $24.90 per hourRequisition ID: REQ86946Applications...
Christadelphian Aged Care
Gosford & Central Coast
Christadelphian Aged Care is seeking to recruit Assistants in Nursing (Cert III) on casual basis to work at their facility at Wyoming.
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Response Staffing
Brisbane > Northern Suburbs
Are you a professional caring worker ? Able to provide wholistic services within a health retreat ? Providing direct care, assistance & health support
Superior Care Group Pty Ltd
Gold Coast
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