|Title:||Assistants in Nursing - Duties and Competencies|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0157/08|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 21 November 2008|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Advises Health Services of the duties that can be undertaken by Assistants in Nursing ("AINS")|
|Applicable to:||State Wide|
|Period of effect:||from 13 November 2008 to 13 November 2013|
|Review date:||13 December 2013|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, DIRECTOR GENERAL, WA HEALTH, 13-Nov-2008|
|Print version:||View print version|
Assistants in Nursing - Duties and Competencies
The Assistant in Nursing is a new category of health care worker introduced into WA Health in 2008. The role of the Assistant in Nursing is to support registered nurses (RN) and enrolled nurses (EN) in the delivery of general patient care. Assistants in Nursing (AIN) are trained over an 18-week period with seven weeks of theory followed by an eleven-week clinical placement. This Operational Directive outlines the duties a trained AIN may undertake, always under the supervision of a registered nurse.
In consultation with the Nurses and Midwives Board of WA and the Liquor and Hospitality Miscellaneous Union, the Chief Nursing Officer has determined a set of competencies to be obtained and a uniform set of duties that may be undertaken by AIN within WA Health. The application of this determination is mandatory in all WA Health facilities.
Health services employing AIN may not require them to undertake the full range of duties as listed below and where this is the case, should articulate their choice of allowable AIN duties via a statement of local policy. The range of allowable duties must however be drawn from those detailed in this Operational Directive.
An AIN who has successfully completed the Health Services Assistance, Assistant in Nursing, Acute Care training program offered by WA Health, or the equivalent certificate program offered by an appropriate Registered Training Organisation, has been trained to undertake all of the duties identified in this duties list.
All tasks undertaken by AIN will be allocated to the AIN by an RN who has made an assessment of the patient and delegated the task under the Scope of Nursing Practice Decision Making Framework.
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Friday, 21 November 2008 at 10:49am