Personal Care Worker helping senior woman get dressed in her bedroom

Nursing Support and Personal Care Worker

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers provide assistance, support and direct care to patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings.

Overview

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers provide assistance, support and direct care to patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings.

Day-to-day

  • assisting patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating
  • assisting patients with their mobility and communication needs
  • participating in planning the care of individuals
  • following therapy plans such as interventions to assist those with dementia and behavioural problems
  • observing and reporting changes in patients' condition, and reporting complaints about care
  • assisting with rehabilitation exercises, basic treatment and delivering medications
  • providing direct support and assistance to therapists.

Considerations

  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,200 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Nursing Support and Personal Care Worker

  • You can work as a Nursing Support or Personal Care Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Take a Diploma of Nursing

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