Registered Nurse


Aspen Medical Group has been asked by the Commonwealth Government to establish an emergency interim staffing capability to assist Aged Care Services (Residential and In the Home) where the usual workforce has been impacted by the 2020 COVID19 outbreak.  We have established this position description to describe one of the roles we will use to deploy that response. In the ideal world, many of these roles would require previous experience and/or formal training in the Aged Care sector. Given the urgency of the current situation, and given this is an emergency measure, we have relaxed some of those requirements, choosing instead to focus on the basic, core skills required (e.g. cooks need to be experienced, competent and qualified commercial cooks), and have relaxed some requirements about previous aged care experience and/or qualifications.

All deployments MUST be approached on a ‘Safety First’ basis, including strict adherence to infection control protocols.

Under these programs, staff will be deployed to assist Aged Care Services, sometimes in remote locations, and it is essential that deployed staff will be able to learn and adapt and assist in the provision of safe, effective interim care to the elderly consumers in what may be a complex, fast changing environment.

1. Position Overview
The position is responsible for ensuring the provision of high-level healthcare services and support to elderly people residing in an aged care facility as an interim measure where the facility has been impacted by the COVID19 outbreak.

2. Key Outcomes
A good outcome from a deployment would be:
• Residents receive high-quality, safe, effective and compassionate care and any disruption is minimised;
• Compliance to the national standards and Aspen Medical Clinical Governance framework
• Timely reporting of incidence that may occur at the facility that may impact resident care.
• Infection control is effectively managed and further spread of COVID19 is avoided.

3. Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide nursing care in safe, compassionate, and person-centred approach to the residents of an aged care facility where the usual workforce ins unavailable due to the impacts of COVID19.
• Conduct resident assessments and prepare and review care plans in consultation with the resident and relevant stakeholders.
• Admit and assess new residents, including the development of interim healthcare plans.
• Support residents and their families when dealing with resident clinical care needs
• Ensure any clinical care needs are managed and communicated in a professional and timely manner
• Report incidents that may occur at the facility which may impact resident care.
• Ensure compliance with the national standards and Aspen Medical Governance Framework.

4. Selection Criteria

Qualifications Required:
• Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent.
• Current unrestricted registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Evidence of current Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), with evidence of a practical component.

Skills and Experience:
• Minimum of 1-year full time relevant clinical experience in an aged care facility and primary health care setting.
• Evidence of current Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), with evidence of a practical component.
• knowledge of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) is highly desirable.

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