Assistant Nurse

Job Description

Assistants in Nursing (also known as Nursing Support Workers) work under the direction of Registered Nurses to deliver limited care to patients. They have strong communication, empathy and customer service skills that they use in assisting their patients with their daily routines, such as showering, toileting, dressing, eating, communication, mobility, medication and exercise regimes. They also keep accurate patient records and assist in the planning of daily routines and ongoing care regimens.

Careers Ladder


To become an Assistant in Nursing, you need to complete a qualification in Health Assistance. Certificate III is the minimum qualification level and includes work placement consisting of around 120 hours.

Complete a qualification in Health Assistance, including the mandatory 120 hours of work placement training. This could be a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

While a Bachelor degree is not required to become an Assistant in Nursing, individuals who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Nursing may seek Assistant in Nursing positions while studying.


  • Acumen
  • Autonomy
  • Charismatic
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Educated
  • Flexible
  • Interpersonal
  • Perceptive
  • Procedural
  • Resilient
  • Self-Motivator
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Aged Care
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Health Services Assistance
  • Time Management

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;