The Where How And Why Of Assistant In Nursing

The term Assistant in Nursing can be shortened to AIN in the southern hemisphere or CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant if you live in the United States. Nursing assistants can be referred to as nurse aides, who work under the directions and supervision of senior nursing and medical staff. Assistant nurses have a greater deal of contact and care with patients and often the patient’s immediate family members.

Assistant in nursing staff provide all hygienic care such as feeding, bathing, dressing and making record of day to day medical treatments given.

Nursing assistant staff also perform many other important vital functions, such as taking the patient’s vital signs and recording them on the patient chart, answering patient calls, transporting patients, making beds, helping patients become ambulatory and might also be required to set up x-ray machines or over headed irrigation bottles.

In simple terms, there are many duties which cannot be fulfilled by a Registered or Enrolled Nurse as their time is spent performing clinical tasks. The assistant in nursing staff are in a better position to observe their patients and to report to doctors and clinical staff, how the patient is responding to the care that is being given.

To be successful in your role as an assistant nurse you should be a team player or team addict, who is able to adapt to all kinds of challenges presented in the working environment and can be guided by others. The certified assistant in nursing staff should be emotionally stable, caring, being particular and should have great patience.

Assistant in Nursing Qualifications and Training

Prospective AIN’s interested in becoming a nurse often opt for courses such as a dental or a medical assistant program. Performing these duties builds experience in computer skills, customer or patient service, improving their English, understanding humanities and interacting with senior medical staff.

Having this type of experience is not essential but can be an asset in understanding the nursing assistant training and health care professional education that you will receive and be working with on a daily basis.

Generally it is a pre-requisite that prospective students hold a higher school certificate or a high school diploma. Having some educational qualifications in subjects such as biology, mathematics or science is often well regarded.

The assistant in nursing training is provided through theory and practical on the job experience. The theory side prepares the assistant nurse in waiting with the knowledge to competently and confidently enter onto a ward and start working straight away. Don’t worry about this as all work experience is provided on the job with the training coming from senior nurses and medical staff.

On completion of the theory and on the job practical training the students sit for an examination of somewhere around 60 to 70 multiple choice questions. We have provided a sample assistant in nursing practice examination so you can see what type of questions are asked so there are no surprises when you physically sit your examination.

There is also a practical test and this is used to demonstrate your understanding and practice of the assistant in nursing training you have received. Such a practical test is often transferring patients using a hoist, bed sheet or a two man lift.

The examination is conducted in accordance with your local State or Government requirements. On successfully completing the examinations the student is issued with a Certificate III that entitles them to practice as a Certified Assistant in Nursing.

Assistant in Nursing Career

Job aspects for assistant in nursing staff at the current time have never been better due to strict Government and Community standards being placed on the health care system. To this end, nursing staff of all grades are in high demand with Assistant in Nursing staff showing the highest demand rate numbers, worldwide.

assistant in nursing careersThe single most major employer in this sector will be nursing homes that cater for people with chronic illness and conditions. Nursing assistants are made up of an aging workforce at the moment and the demand for replacing older retiring staff and current employees will be the major source of job openings for employing nursing assistants.

Careers in the assistant in nursing field is very promising as almost all the hospitals worldwide needs nursing staff who are committed and are capable of learning new techniques developing with the course of time.

To meet this demand there usually is no further requirement to be accepted to practice the role of an assistant nurse in any country as long as you hold the required assistant in nursing qualification. Some countries might require you can fluently speak the local language but otherwise acceptance to practice is usually granted.

Assistant In Nursing Salary

Assistant in nursing staff generally work a thirty eight (38) hour week consisting of day, afternoon and night shifts. Working part time and flexi shifts are often available as per request or business practice of the health service provider, such as the hospital or nursing home.

It is really hard to evaluate such services of a nursing assistant in terms of money, but an honourable return is always appreciated. If you talk about the remuneration which a nursing assistant may get for their services, actually depends upon the skills and experience they have got. If you have done some specialized courses which have enhanced your skills, you can certainly get a good salary.

Having said this, State or local wage awards often dictate the minimum hourly rate and allowances. Specialised fields such as veterinary, dental clinics and physician rooms often pay above the award rate or in accordance with a workplace agreement. The reason why? – These establishments make more money.

The salary of certified nurse assistants may be anything from $20,925 up to $32,764 per year. This may increase to $45,377 with the experience and various skills gained through taking further training and study courses. The salary also sometimes depends upon other factors such as shift penalties, working night shifts, public holidays etc. If you are working in a government hospital, the salary would be according to the government legislation.

Interview Questions That Might Be Asked During The Assistant In Nursing Interview

Of all the Nurse Unit Managers that we have spoken with, the single most important question they ask is, “What are your personal circumstances”?

The reason why this question is asked is so they can gauge whether you can be available for work on short notice, if your more suited as a casual or a permanent employee, what shifts you can work and what days of the week you can be available for.

Other questions might include common sense questions such as:

  1. Tell me about a time when a customer or co-worker was very upset and was being unreasonable. What did you do?
  2. Give me an example of how you have dealt with a lot of stress in your job every day. What did you do?
  3. Tell me about a time when you were expected to solve particular problems in your job even though you had not been properly trained. How did you deal with it?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you had to make an important decision on something even though it wasn’t your responsibility. What was the situation and how did it work out?
  5. Suppose, a neighbour of yours has a relative in the hospital and ask you which ward they are in, what do you say to them?
  6. In a 24/7 medical operation, how do you ensure a seamless transition between shifts?
  7. If a friend were to ask you for help in deciding whether to stay or quit a job that was hard work but meaningful work, what would you tell them and why?
  8. You are late for work. You enter the building and notice a non-compliant resident who is drinking a soda but appears to have a wet him/her self. How do you respond?
  9. How do you react to a sense of being overwhelmed with unfinished work ten minutes past your shift deadline when you find a new resident in need?
  10. Your job will require many duties and responsibilities as an assistant in nursing staff member. If at the beginning of your shift, you learn that your co-worker has called in, although help is coming, how would you handle this situation?

Assistant in nursing training is a way to determine if the medical field is the right career for you. At the end of the course, students must pass an aptitude test to demonstrate their ability to perform AIN duties required of them. After this test, the applicant is enrolled as a certified nursing assistant by the state.

Assistant In Nursing is a rewarding career that returns a great income and provides many employment prospects both locally and overseas and a career in the health field as an assistant in nursing is often termed the greatest job in the world.

13 Responses to The Where How And Why Of Assistant In Nursing

  1. Samuel Turner says:

    I am in Sydney, and was wondering: Assistants in Nursing (AIN) are not required to work night shifts are they, for they are mainly personal care providers and minor clinical such as vital signs. They are mainly staff for the morning and afternoon. Correct? Do hospitals employ them at night along with ENs and RNs?

    • Caitlin says:

      Hi, I don’t know if you are still searching for an answer, but I’m an AIN here in Adelaide, and just had a night shift, where I was specialling a patient (One on one)were I just had to sit and watch the patient, do her four hourly obs and stop her hurting herself, or leaving the ward if she tried (The usual special patient). Basically, you shouldn’t get a night duty unless they need someone to special and can’t get a RN or EN.

      • Terry says:

        Hello Caitlin,
        Very nice to hear of your experience with a night shift. The girls we know love night shifts, but I must admit, it’s either for the money or to get out of the house. If you would ever like to write an article on your experiences, I would love to put it on the site. It’s great for others to read about the experiences of on the job work from a practising AIN. Thanks for your comment and good luck.
        Terry

  2. Ivana says:

    please let me know, how much is the cost of this course for Nursing Aid and if it is possible for a person from Czech Republic, Europe to take this course directly in Australia to improve English. Financial help for stay is not required. Are there any courses in Brisbane area?

    • Claudia says:

      I am a CNA student right now and am coinshog to become certified as a way to build up my credentials before applying to nursing school next year. CNAs deserve so much more recognition and pay for what they do. For those who have been enrolled in nursing school or are already RNs, exposure to a nursing home would make you a better nurse in you haven’t seen one or worked in one before. It is tough, and the nurses are expected to maintain a smile throughout the entire shift. The difference in the dynamic of a nursing home compared to an acute care facility is striking, really.GD Star Ratingloading…

    • Akram says:

      By surgical nurse I’m anusmisg that you mean a nurse who works in the OR. OR nurses assist the surgeons and the anesthesiologist but they do not perform any actual surgery. To become an OR nurse all you need is to do is become an RN and then get specialized on-the-job training/orientation in the operating room. You do not have to have a bachelor’s degree to become an RN. You can train to become an RN at any accredited RN program in a community college in just over 2 to three years.

  3. paul says:

    hi
    i am recently completed the level-3 in assisting in nursing,
    i have got enough 7 Years experience as a psychiatric assistant (accute Hospital Sector) back in new zealand and here i am working as a Nursing assitant . i know that i am well enough in working , but when i am attending the interview i cannot perform well, diff hospital diff questions in diff angle,
    could u pls advise how can i perform well in interviews ?

  4. Antinea says:

    Yes, a lot of nursing homes do this. My mom used to be a CNA tustrncior at a nursing home. I would just go to some local nursing homes in your area and ask them about it. Many nursing homes have these programs, but they just aren’t very widely advertised. I warn you though, it is a very tough job! You will have to do a lot of gross things such as changing diapers, giving baths, etc. and the old people at nursing homes aren’t at all like they are in the movies. In movies, old people are often shown as cute and/or wise, but in reality the people in nursing homes are usually very disoriented and are in a lot of pain. This can make them uncharacteristically mean. Good luck.

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  6. henry says:

    hi, i am a Cna in USA, 4 -5YEARS of experience, insulin cerified,cpr and med. certified. how can i get a job in Australia?

    • Terry says:

      Hello Henry
      In the sidebar on the right of our site page there is a list of sites. You can approach the States Health Boards and see if they have any positions posted. You can also check the Nurse Registration site. You will need to go through the normal Government visa process for a working holiday. To see what jobs are available a good search engine is http://www.seek.com.au/ using the keyword assistant nurse, AIN or assistant in nursing. Good luck.
      Terry

  7. Lyndal says:

    Hi
    I have been working as an AIN in a nursing home for more than 7 years now. I do not have any qualifications. When I was first hired I was enrolled in university studying for a nursing degree. I have since left uni and do not wish to do my degree but wish to continue working as an AIN. Is it a legal requirement that I have a Cert III to continue my employment? Is there a course I can do, maybe online, that will give me cert III qualifications without requiring a work placement as I already work full time?
    cheers
    Lyndal

    • Terry says:

      Hello Lyndal,
      In Australia you should have the Cert 111 in Aged Care. Yes there are many online avenues you can take to get this certification. It should be very easy for you to pass the exams as you have 7 years experience. Look into RPL, recognised prior learning, as that might provide a short cut for you and might cut out the job placement aspect of the training (cheaper too).
      Good luck
      Terry