What does it take to be a registered nurse in Residential Aged Care?

    If you are looking for a varied and rewarding role that has a positive impact on the lives of seniors, a career as a registered nurse in a residential aged care service could be for you.

    As a registered nurse in an aged care service you are responsible for the assessment, planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of care to improve the quality of life for residents and to maintain compliance with accreditation requirements.

    A typical day

    No one day is like the other, with a variety of tasks requiring attention during each shift.

    Throughout the day you will work closely with the service manager and allied health professionals to provide contemporary nursing skills through assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating resident care.

    This will also include administering medication to residents, managing complex wounds, monitoring weights and vital signs, general care and specialised care for those who are nearing the end of their life

    You will oversee and work with and direct personal care workers and enrolled nurses to assist you with the care of residents.

    Our Positive Wellbeing Model of Care promotes a whole of life approach, which includes physical, mental, social and spiritual health. It is embedded with meeting and potentially exceeding people’s five essential needs of comfort, identity, occupation, inclusion and attachment. As a registered nurse you play a vital role in achieving these standards.

    Our staff say one of the most rewarding aspects of working in aged care is the  significant relationships you develop with residents, and their families.

    From time to time issues might arise and as part of your day you will liaise with residents and their families and work out a solution to make everyone feel comfortable.

    Nurses in our aged care services undertake a wide variety of tasks and duties during their shifts. In addition to caring for every aspect of our residents. Monitoring care is made easier through the use of an electronic documentation system.

    The skills, experience and qualifications required

    In order to take on the role of a registered nurse in residential aged care you will need to have a current AHPRA registration as a registered nurse with experience in a clinical nursing environment, ideally in an aged care setting. It’s important to be reliable and enthusiastic and have a good level of approachability. You also need to have compassion for the elderly and passion for maintaining an environment suitable to their individual requirements.

    Good time management skills – with the ability to prioritise and manage workloads accordingly – is essential. Effectively communicating at all levels, you will be enabled to achieve best nursing practices in accordance with legislation, common law and quality improvement.

    In order to enter and update electronic clinical information and the medication management software intermediate computer skills are required.

    Career paths

    Due to Australia’s aging population, nursing in the aged care sector is an area that will see significant growth over the coming decades. This means that skilled aged care nurses will always be in demand, making this sector of nursing a rewarding and wise career opportunity.

    Churches of Christ in Queensland are expanding and there will be many different opportunities available across Queensland and Victoria.

    Helping to make a positive difference in the life of our elderly residents is a significantly rewarding outcome of this important work.

    If this sounds like the career of your dreams, sign up for job alerts to be notified as soon as new positions become available.   


    Posted October 31, 2017 in Blog