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Nursing Support Worker

Nursing Support Workers provide limited patient care under the direction of nursing staff.

Overview

Nursing Support Workers provide limited patient care under the direction of nursing staff.

Day-to-day

  • assists patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating
  • assists patients with their mobility and communication needs
  • participates in planning the care of individuals
  • follows therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems
  • observes and reports changes in patients' conditions, and reports complaints about care
  • assists with rehabilitation exercises
  • provides basic treatment and delivery of medications.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Nursing Support Worker

  • You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in health services assistance to work as a Nursing Support Worker. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Take a Certificate II in Health Support Services

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