The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assistant in nursing work in acute care) is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an assistant in nursing or nursing support worker. It has been designed to provide you with an orientation to the health sector and to assist nursing teams in an acute care environment.
Careers in the health sector are regarded as fulfilling, stable and interesting, with each week taking on a different landscape of patients, health professionals, client profiles and patient care.
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website, over the next five years the number of job openings for nursing support workers is expected to be greater than 50,000. Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.
As a nursing assistant you’ll provide assistance to clients according to their care plan and under the supervision of a health professional. You’ll learn how to perform patient observations, how to work effectively with culturally diverse clients and how to use medical terminology. After completing this course you could work in aged care facilities, hospitals, clinics, private medical practices and home and community care services.
This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.
Potential career outcomes
- Assistant in Nursing
- Nursing Assistant
- Nursing Support Worker
- Patient Care Assistant
- Patient Service Assistant
- Patient Support Assistant
- Ward Assistant
- Ward Support
|Qualification name||HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance|
|Course duration||Maximum 18 months|
|Delivery Method||Online with Work Placement|
|Assessments||Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Presentations|
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
- 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.
If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
- 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
- Broadband internet connection
- 2GB of RAM
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
- Access to printer and associated software
- Access to scanner and associated software
- Digital imaging software
- File compression software.
- Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
- 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Mac OS users:
- Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
- 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
You will need access to:
- A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
- Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:
- Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
- Accessing and searching the internet
- Downloading and saving documents from websites
- Uploading documents through websites
- Participating in online discussions
- Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
- Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
- Compressing image files.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role involves providing direct physical manipulation whilst assisting with movement or exercise requirements, assisting clinical staff with procedures, and transporting clients.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
- Work with information about the human body
- Recognise and promote ways to support healthy functioning of the body
|BSBMED301||Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately|
- Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
- Carry out routine tasks
- Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
- Respond to an emergency situation
- Apply appropriate first aid procedures
- Communicate details of the incident
- Evaluate the incident and own performance
You will need to provide a certified and current First Aid certificate from a Registered Training Organisation to demonstrate competency for HLTAID003 Provide First Aid at your own cost.
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
- Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control
- Identify infection hazards and assess risks
- Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards
|HLTWHS001||Participate in work health and safety|
- Follow safe work practices
- Implement safe work practices
- Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
- Reflect on own safe work practices
|HLTHSS003||Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting|
- Prepare to clean safely
- Clean and maintain surfaces in clinical areas
- Ensure maintenance of cleaning standards
- Manage waste
- Store equipment and cleaning agents safely
|CHCCCS002||Assist with movement|
- Prepare to assist a person with movement
- Assist with movement
- Complete assistance with movement
- Prepare for transport
- Transport the person and equipment
- Deliver the person
|HLTAIN001||Assist with nursing care in an acute care environment|
- Assist with the delivery of nursing care to clients in an acute care environment
- Support the client to meet personal care needs in an acute care environment
- Work in a team environment
- Work effectively under supervision
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
- Reflect on own perspectives
- Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
- Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
- Promote understanding across diverse groups
|CHCCCS020||Respond effectively to behaviours of concern|
- Identify behaviour and plan response
- Apply response
- Report and review incidents
|CHCCCS012||Prepare and maintain beds|
- Prepare area for bed making
- Make bed
- Leave bed ready for occupancy or continued occupancy
|HLTAIN002||Provide non-client contact support in an acute care environment|
- Comply with the workplace information protocols of an acute care environment
- Collect, process and maintain accurate records in an acute care environment
- Support equipment requirements in an acute care environment
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
- Communicate effectively with people
- Collaborate with colleagues
- Address constraints to communication
- Report problems to supervisor
- Complete workplace correspondence and documentation
- Contribute to continuous improvement
|BSBWOR301||Organise personal work priorities and development|
- Organise and complete own work schedule
- Monitor own work performance
- Coordinate personal skill development and learning
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Eve Czerniak is a Registered Nurse who has worked both in Australia and overseas in general nursing, as well as women’s and children’s health. She has experience working in aged care facilities, hospitals and as a school nurse and educator. Eve holds a bachelor degree in nursing, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Cert IV in TESOL.
Sharon WhiteisSharon is a Registered Nurse with 17 years’ experience working in critical care, aged care and community health. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
- Martin, E. & McFerran, T. (2011) Oxford Minidictionary for Nurses, 6th Edition. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. This text will be provided on enrolment into the course.
- Reid-Searl, K., Dwyer, T., Moxham, L. & Ryan, J. (2014) Nursing Student’s Clinical Survival Guide, 3rd Edition. Australia: Pearson. This text will be provided on enrolment into Module 3.
The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement
Due to the unit requirements students undertaking the assisting in nursing in acute care work stream must be in the workplace with access to an acute care work setting. Students will need to be involved in the delivery of professional health services to clients and will need to have access to specialist equipment and resources, relevant to the delivery of healthcare assistance.
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