Survey Reveals Nurses Australia’s Most Trusted Profession
According to a survey recently conducted by pre-eminent opinion polling firm Roy Morgan Research, nurses hold the most highly regarded profession in Australia, with 94% of Australians surveyed rating them ‘very high’ or ‘high’ for their professional ethics and honesty.
They were followed closely by fellow healthcare professionals, with 89% of doctors achieving a ‘very high’ rating, 84% of pharmacists and 79% of dentists. These figures have also increased over the past 12 months, with nurses up 2% from last year’s rating, doctors up 3% and dentists up 4%. The rating for pharmacists however fell 2% during this timeframe. This stellar result comes as little surprise considering the vital community service nursing jobs perform, which naturally includes aged care nursing jobs too. Nurses, whatever their specialisation, typically work long hours with the ill, injured, elderly or disabled for relatively modest pay. They’re also regularly exposed to challenging situations including death, unwell patients and emotional loved ones whom they must deal with compassionately and firmly on a daily basis.
Aged care nursing jobs: A rewarding role with a strong social focus
Given these challenges nurses must regularly face, you may be wondering why they decide to take on this role when other potentially more lucrative career options are also available, including within the healthcare sector itself? Not surprisingly, nurses are motivated by factors higher than plain financial reward, with many individuals entering this profession driven by a genuine desire to help others and give something back to the broader community. In particular, aged care nursing jobs can provide an especially rewarding career as the residential nature of aged care facilities allows nurses and residents alike the time to get to know each other and form lasting friendships on a longer term basis. Aged care nurses also communicate directly with the family members of residents and may form friendships with them as well, giving them a privileged insight into the lives of those under their care. All of this adds up to a career where they’re highly valued (and in some cases relied upon) by those they deal with on a daily basis, not to mention the strong social focus of this role adds variety and a greater sense of purpose.
Working in aged care: what’s involved?
If you’re still reading up to this point you may be considering a career in aged care for yourself or even a loved one currently looking for work. If that’s the case you’d probably like to know a little bit more about the specific duties and responsibilities aged care nurses perform on a daily basis, which we’ve listed below for your information:
Aged care assistance and providing companionship
- Conducting regular check-ups on residents, including morning, afternoon and night-time checks.
- Providing company and a listening ear to aged care residents when requested.
- Assisting residents with common everyday tasks such as getting dressed, eating, visiting the toilet and showering etc.
- Taking residents on excursions outside their aged care home, to visit the shops, local GP, local park and family events etc.
Managing health and medical conditions
- Assessing the unique needs of new aged care residents.
- Devising personalised care programs for residents to manage their particular conditions including arthritis, dementia and diabetes etc.
- Using equipment such as hoists, mobility scooters, wheelchairs etc. where necessary to assist residents with disabilities or limited mobility.
Maintaining a safe and home-like environment
- Hosting in-house social activities to keep residents socially engaged and intellectually stimulated. Take a look at our News section to find out what lifestyle activities our residents get up to in our Japara homes.
- Maintaining a clean, safe and pleasant living environment for all residents and optimum working environment for all staff.
- Working with other healthcare professionals, including aged care nurses, general practitioners etc. to manage resident’s medical conditions.
Keeping your aged care nursing skills up-to-date
- Attending relevant training seminars and conferences is vital to ensure your nursing skills are up-to-date and you are following current industry processes.
How to apply for a placement in aged care
Does aged care nursing sound like the kind of career for you? For more information on job opportunities at Japara, please visit our careers page today or alternatively, call us today on 1800 52 72 72 to have a chat with one of our friendly staff members.