Assistant in Nursing Policy

Applicable to: This policy is applicable to WA health entities that engage and employ AIN.

Description: The purpose of this policy is to ensure Health Service Providers engage and employ Assistants in Nursing with the right qualification, skills and competence to provide safe, high quality health care.

Assistant in Nursing (AIN) position is a category of non-regulated healthcare workforce. An AIN works under the direction of a nurse or midwife to assist in the delivery of patient care in the acute care environment. AIN are a complementary workforce and not a substitute for the number of nurses or midwives employed under current workplace arrangements.

This policy underpins a key principle within the Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework; ensuring clinical staff have the right qualification and skills to provide safe, high quality health care; and to foster a culture of openness, collaboration and continuous improvement.

This policy is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(f) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This policy supersedes OD 0419/13 Assistant in Nursing Duties and Competencies.

Date of effect: 04 April 2018

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