Aged care nurse
An aged-care nurse provides care and support to our elderly population in a variety of health settings. With modern medicine resulting in a higher life expectancy, there is an increasing demand to meet the needs of our aging population. Duties of an aged-care nurse can include creating health plans and developing strategies to maintain and improve quality of life. They also monitor the physical and mental wellbeing of the elderly patient.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for registered nurses. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Survey, August 2015.
As an aged-care nurse you will have the knowledge to answer patients’ questions and be able to cope in emergency situations. You will possess the following attributes:
- Good communication skills
- Demonstrate compassion and empathy
- Able to assume responsibility and a leadership role
- Able to take initiative in emergencies
- Tolerant, patient and tactful in dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
- Able to work both independently and as part of a team
- Able to cope with the physical demands and psychological aspects of the job.