Assistant in Nursing

  • As a healthcare professional, an assistant in nursing (AIN) works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse to deliver various patient-centred care in various healthcare settings. Some of the key responsibilities include: 

Assisting patients with their personal hygiene, showering, grooming, dressing, toileting and assist with feeding and mobility. 

Take and record patients’ vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate, and report any abnormalities to the RN. 

Assisting with medication administration and reminding patients to take their medications on time. 

Updating and documenting all patient care activities, such as vital signs, medication administration, and other interventions, accurately and on time. 

Ensure patient safety by monitoring for falls, reporting any safety hazards, and providing emotional support to patients and their families. 

Assist with wound care management, including dressing changes, cleaning, and monitoring for signs of infection. 

Assisting with procedures such as collecting urine and stool samples, setting up equipment for tests, and preparing patients for diagnostic procedures. 

Overall, AINs play a crucial role in supporting RNs and ensuring that patients receive high-quality care.  


To be an eligible candidate, the minimum educational requirements are certificate III in health services assistance (Acute Care) or a relevant qualification.

ii) Patient Care Assistant

  • A Patient Care Assistant (PCA), also known as a Patient Care Technician (PCT) or Nursing Assistant, is a healthcare professional who provides direct patient care and support under the supervision of registered nurses or other healthcare professionals. PCAs work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home care includes:  The responsibilities of a Patient Care Assistant may include:

PCAs assist patients with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting. They may also assist with mobility and transfers, ensuring patient comfort and safety. 

PCAs often measure and record vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. They report any abnormal findings to the nursing staff. 

PCAs observe and report changes in patients’ conditions, such as changes in behaviour, skin integrity, or overall well-being. They communicate these observations to the nursing team, contributing to the assessment and care planning process. 

PCAs may help patients with eating and drinking, ensuring they receive proper nutrition and hydration. They may also assist with specialized feeding techniques if required. 

Under appropriate training and supervision, PCAs may perform basic medical procedures such as collecting specimens (urine, stool), performing basic wound care, and applying simple dressings. 

PCAs provide emotional support and companionship to patients, engaging in conversation, and offering reassurance and comfort. They also aid with activities that promote mental and social stimulation. 

PCAs maintain accurate and timely documentation of patient care activities, including vital signs, intake and output, and observations. They may also assist with updating patient charts and electronic health records. 

Overall, PCAs play a crucial role in ensuring patient safety.

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