Paper on Practice of Aged Care Nursing

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1Running head: NURSINGNursingName of student:Name of university:Author note:
2NURSINGNursing is a vast field, and professionals responsible for delivering care are to addressphysical and emotional needs of the individuals coming from diverse backgrounds. In the lastfew decades, health care in Australia has undergone significant planned changes and reformsto shape up nursing practice as per the emerging demands. Different speciality nursingpractices are now into existence that involves an emphasis on practice in a particular areawithin the entire field of nursing, such as aged care nursing and mental health care nursing.The present paper discusses and analyses the professional attributes and scope thatdifferentiates the speciality nursing practice of aged care nursing. The essay identifies theadditional education and training required for moving from novice to expert level in agedcare. NMBA standards for practice for registered nurses are mentioned in the paper inrelation to the speciality nursing practice.Aged care nursing is an area of nursing that is expanding in a rapid rate due to theageing population of Australia. The career path is not only rewarding but also interesting,engaging and challenging. Professionals can be working in a variety of care settings such ascommunity home, residential care units and hospitals (Currie et al., 2017). Both registerednurses (RN) and enrolled nurses (ER) can pursue their career in aged care nursing. Aftercompleting the Bachelor of Nursing program, one can pursue post-degree qualificationsincluding a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Clinical Doctoral studiesspecialising in aged care. A Masters or Certificate course in Aged care Nursing is a notableinvestment in the future ensures better outcomes for patients as well as progress in career.These educational qualification provides a professional with the key principles of aged carenursing practice for improving the skills and knowledge for coordination and provision ofevidence-based care (Clark et al., 2013).The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has outlined the registerednurse standards of practice that every registred nurse has to follow in due course of
3NURSINGprofessional practice. Like other speciality nurses, aged care nurses are entailed to adhere tothese even standards in order to make their practice safe and of optimal quality(nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au, 2016).As per the first standard, an aged care nurse is to think critically while working withthe patients and engage in professional endeavours. A distinct set of skills are to bedemonstrated by the nurses working in the field of aged care nursing. Since these nurse facean unique set of challenges, they are to be in a position to cope up the stress of managingpatients suffering from physical frailty and mental confusion. What is utmost needed is acaring and sympathetic attitude. The approach towards patient care must be guided byaffection and friendliness (Meiner, 2013).As per the second standard, an aged care nurse must engage in establishingprofessional and therapeutic relationships with the patients. As opined by Geddes (2014)family liaison is an important task that aged care nurses must be undertaking. A settlingperiod is usually required when an aged patient moves into the nursing home for the firsttime. During this time the patient is in need of emotional support from the family membersand the staff of the unit for making the transition a smooth one. Issues and problems arecommon for the patients to face at this time, and a nurse skilled in family liaison can help inthis regard. Apart from the patient, the family members also need support and counselling tounderstand the concerns and fears of the aged patient. It is necessary that all patients arerespected, and their dignity is valued. It is the duty of the aged care nurse to help the familymembers resolve the issues and ensure that the outcome is satisfactory (Pierre & Conley,2017).Maintaining the capability for practice is another requirement. Nurses working inaged care facility must promote continuus professional development by engaging themselves
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