Vermont Aged Care is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse Division 2 – Medication Endorsed, for a full-time position at our expanding aged care facility. In fact our busy, family owned aged care facility has been providing respite, permanent, dementia specific and palliative care to our residents for over 3 decades. So you’ll be joining an established team of committed professionals. Better still there’s no “nursing home” attitude at Vermont Aged Care. That’s because we believe in the quality of life and happiness of each one of our elderly residents. So if you want to work with a dynamic, passionate team of dedicated carers then this job is for you!
Best of all, you’ll get to work closely with other medical staff and our family. This means that you can make a real difference in the lives of our residents everyday. Plus, your input is valued and you have the power to make positive changes. Together, we can ensure our residents receive the safest and best care available. Furthermore, did you know that Vermont Aged Care is located in Vermont, near to Mitcham, Burwood, Ringwood, Glen Waverley, Wheelers Hill, Wantirna, Blackburn and Box Hill? Better still, we are easily accessible by road and public transport. In fact, the 740 and 742 buses stop right out front of our door!
What’s more we are undergoing major additions and improvements to our facility in 2017. Of course, this is set to the sides of the existing facility so no one is disrupted. Nonetheless, when completed in the coming weeks we will be able to provide the latest technologies and facilities to each of our residents. Please see the full job details below.
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Who will I be accountable to? Who will give me the support I need?
You will be accountable to the Director of Nursing and the Registered Nurse in charge of the shift worked. They are charged with ensuring you have everything you need to enjoy your work at Vermont Aged Care. Better still, as a family run facility, you’ll have access to the decision makers on a daily basis. In fact, our family focussed community is just one of the things that sets us apart and makes working at Vermont Aged Care so special.
Who will I be caring for and working with?
You will be providing care for the Residents of Vermont Aged Care. These residents may be here for respite care, dementia support, long-term aged care or palliative care. Also, you will be working in a team with all the nursing staff present on the shifts worked. Plus, as a family operated facility, management support is always on hand.
What qualifications do I need?
You must be a Victorian Registered Nurse Division 2 – Medication endorsed to apply for this role. In fact, due to the nature of the role, you must have this qualification to be considered for this post.
Also, if you have previous experience in Gerontic Nursing that would be well regarded. Finally, whilst it is not required, we would prefer it if you hold a Postgraduate Gerontic Nursing qualification or are working towards one. In fact, we are happy to discuss supporting your commitment to further education as ongoing learning is highly valued at Vermont. Why not work at Vermont Aged Care and undertake ongoing study?
What is the salary you offer?
We pay as per the award based on your experience and educational qualifications. We may also support your ongoing education. Further, if you would like to discuss a career plan based on your experience, education and skills just let us know.
What are the work hours like?
Your roster will be agreed upon between you and the Director of Nursing. Further, your hours will be limited to 38 hours maximum per week. Better still, at Vermont we try hard to find the right work/life balance for all our team members. That’s just one of the ways that we ensure a great working community at Vermont aged care. Read on to understand this role better.
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What are the responsibilities & duties of my role?
The primary responsibility of this role revolves around the medication administration issues for older people. Therefore, you will provide the delivery of skilled, individualised nursing care of the highest possible standard for all our residents. Further, you will ensure our care philosophy, objectives and policies are upheld at all times with due regard to our residents’ and organisational needs. Overall, we adhere strictly to the standards set down by the Department of Health and Ageing at all times. Some key duties of this role include:
- The nutrition and hydration maintenance of every resident and reporting any changes in a residents appetite to the sister in charge
- Ensuring individual continence management programs are attended to at all times. In fact, they must be assessed, evaluated and changed as necessary
- Ensuring pressure area care is provided according to our residents’ individual routines
- Ensuring mobility and dexterity is maintained for every resident by implementing physiotherapy plans when the physiotherapist is not available
- Respecting cultural instructions and ensuring they are continued for residents
- Ensuring residents are prepared in time for their individual activities and therapy plans. These are stated on the allied health and diversional therapy program and listed at each nurse’s station
- Ensuring residents are prepared in time for outings as may be organised by us or their relatives & friends
- Ensuring complete and satisfactory care of a dying resident is attended to when necessary. This is done by following policy guidelines as outlined in the aged care palliative care seminar
- Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation according to the staff members level of expertise, or ensuring capable staff are immediately alerted if the situation occurs where it is required
- Observing and reporting to the Unit Manager or sister-in-charge any important changes in a resident’s behaviour or condition
- Documenting any changes in a residents’ behaviour or condition for future reference
- Assessing residents for care problems to be included on the nursing care plan
- Implementing all care as listed on the nursing care plan, and including on the care plan any changes in residents’ problems requiring further interventions
- Documenting on going evaluations of nursing care plans and all other relevant resident documentation, as listed in the documentation policy
What about ongoing learning and my education?
We will support you in the maintenance of clinical knowledge and skills in Gerontic Nursing care. For example, you will be attending regular in-services and information sessions. Further, on some of your shifts you will attend regular lecture sessions as provided by one of our staff of off-site specialists. Better still, off-site training and events may be provided to you as required. In fact, these are just some of the ways in which we ensure our continuing commitment to your further education is promoted. You will learn more about this if you are shortlisted for an interview.
What’s it like being a team member at Vermont?
We provide a happy, collaborative work environment for all staff. It’s part of the family operated community that makes us so special to work for. Further, as a community we can be very efficient in the allocation of work amongst staff to ensure a great work/life balance for you. Better yet, ongoing assistance in quality improvement exercises are provided by the Director of Nursing as required so you can focus on being a great nurse.
What about WH&S/OH&S & safe practices in the workplace?
A safe working environment is maintained for nursing staff at all times. We promote this through following the guidelines as set in the our policy manual. For example we teach correct lifting procedures, or how to handle faulty equipment and reported it immediately for prompt repair. Some of our daily checks cover:
- A safe environment is maintained by staff for residents and visitors at all times i.e. adequate levels of lighting are available and corridors remain uncluttered
- Effective documentation of incidents as per accepted protocols occurs e.g. residents falling is completed when necessary
- Promotion of staff attendance at Occupational Health and Safety Meetings or reading of minutes if staff are unable to attend
What should my communication skills be like?
As a Division I nurse you will be working with General staff, highly trained medical staff, administrators, and of course residents with various medical conditions. For this reason we place a strong emphasis on your ability to communicate professionally and compassionately. We are looking for staff who:
- Demonstrate respect and sensitivity in all communications with and about residents
- Provides all relevant information to relieving registered nurses
- Ensures that resident information remains confidential and is only made available to those directly involved in the resident’s care
- Attends and actively participates in meetings that are organised for the ward, to discuss any issues related to the suitable management of resident care
- Ensures medical staffs are liaised with as necessary, coordinating regular visits from all Allied Health Professionals as necessary
- Ensures open channels of communication are maintained at all times between residents, relatives and staff regarding the care of residents
- Ensures complaints by residents are dealt with immediately by the sister-in-charge until a satisfactory solution has been found (and where this has not been possible, would advise the Director of Nursing for further action and achievement of a satisfactory solution)
- Ensures all legal documentation requirements are upheld at all times and promoted to all staff.
What about professionalism in the workplace?
As a registered Nurse, many of your work practices need to be performed without direction. You will be a senior member of our community and we empower you to get things done for the benefit of our residents, families and staff. Some of the ways you help us achieve this might include:
- Promoting innovations in work practices where the need arises
- Reporting on time and following the dress code guidelines as listed in the policy manual
- Accepting positive criticism, acting as a resource person and cooperating with staff and community
- Ensuring suitable replacement staff are organised in the event that permanent staff are sick
- Performing all work activities in accordance with award guidelines (especially with regard to the legal responsibilities inherent in the position of RN Div 1.)
Is there anything else I need to know before applying?
Of course, with palliative care sensitivity and compassion are paramount. An important part of your role will be to ensure that the Director of Nursing is informed of the serious deterioration in any resident’s health. Then, you will provide the appropriate level of professional care and comfort to the residents, their family and visitors to ensure a peaceful and dignified death. Overall, you will assist our other nursing staff in the interpretation of the ethical and legal aspects of our nursing practices & resident care.
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