Assistant in Nursing Policy

Applicable to: Health Service Providers Nursing personnel

Description: The purpose of this policy is to ensure Health Service Providers who provide publicly funded inpatient care. engage/employ clinical staff with the right qualification and skill-set to provide safe, high quality health care.

This policy supersedes Operational Directive 0419/13 Assistant in Nursing (AIN) Duties and Competencies. The list of AIN duties has been updated to align with the revised national training package Certificate III in Health Services Assistance-Acute Care.

Assistants in Nursing (AIN) are a category of non-regulated healthcare workforce; AIN work under the direction of a Nurse 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 employed under current work place arrangements.

This policy also defines the scope associated to the AIN positions, using a list of duties and the mandatory employment criteria in the WA health system under the position title, Assistant in Nursing.

Updates:

Type of Amendment Date of Effect Description of Amendment
Major Amendment 16 August 2019  Major amendment to Policy and related document Assistant in Nursing Duties - additional requirement that WACHS may employ/engage AIN to work in an aged care facility with a Certificate III in Acute Care, Certificate III in Individual Support or Certificate III Aged Care. 

Date of effect: 04 April 2018 to 04 January 2021

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