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Home Care Nurse Courses

Home Care Nurses provide nursing support and personal care services to patients in their own homes — either a private home or residential care facility. Both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Enrolled Nurses (ENs) can work in home care nursing roles, but ENs will focus more on personal care services (eg, showering, grooming, toileting) whereas RNs can administer injections, medication, and advanced treatments.

As a Home Care Nurse you could be taking a client’s blood pressure and recording in the record’s system, changing a dressing, assessing the needs of a client who has just returned home from the hospital and is awaiting surgery, discussing the deterioration of a patient with their family, liaising with a doctor about the condition of a patient, delivering a flu vaccination, or just having a friendly chat and a cup of tea when you arrive at a patient’s home.

To be successful in this role you will need to be a qualified and confident nurse and have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Home Care Nurses earn?

Salaries for Home Care Nurses vary greatly and will depend on your skills, qualifications, and professional experience. Increase your earning capacity and employment opportunities by obtaining your Bachelor of Nursing and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).

What are the job opportunities for Home Care Nurses?

There are 325,500 qualified nurses currently working in Australia, some of these are Home Care Nurses. Nursing is a growing occupation in all parts of Australia and there are plenty of emerging opportunities for nurses to work in personal care and home service roles.

How do I become a Home Care Nurse?

You can launch your career as a Home Care Nurse with the VET Diploma of Nursing and registering as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Alternately, complete your Bachelor of Nursing and become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights 2023

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