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Nursing Assistant Courses

A Nursing Assistant provides support to nursing staff in a hospital or healthcare facility. You’ll assist patients with tasks such as showering or dressing and you might provide general help with delivering meals and making beds. A Nursing Assistant, or Nurse Aide, may check patients’ vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature and pass any concerns to medical teams. You may have to provide assistance with manual handling tasks such as lifting or moving patients.

Nursing Assistants should have good people skills and be able to interact with patients from a range of backgrounds. You’ll need to be able to communicate well with patients’ families and medical teams. Nursing Assistants must be able to prioritise their tasks and manage their time well. You must be able to follow instructions and work to correct procedures.

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Popular Nursing Assistant Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Nursing Assistant.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Nursing Assistant earn?

In Australia, a full time Nursing Assistant generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Nursing Assistant?

This profession has seen a strong increase in employment numbers in recent years. There are currently 36,200 people working as a Nursing Assistant in Australia compared to 26,600 five years ago. Nursing Assistants may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Nursing Assistant?

If a career as a Nursing Assistant interests you, consider enrolling in a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance. This course will give you the skills to assist with nursing work in an acute care setting. You’ll learn first aid as well as techniques to assist and transport patients.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within nursing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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