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Assistants in nursing: What is their future role in healthcare?

17 Jun 2013, by Informa Insights

Assistants in Nursing (AIN) are a fairly new concept in the acute care setting. AINs are employed to help enrolled and registered nurses to provide general patient services. It is in this context that  organisations and managers are looking to effectively develop AIN roles to suit the needs of their health service.

At the inaugural Assistants in Nursing conference in 2012, Brett Evans, Principle Nursing Advisor Nursing and Midwifery Office, at the Department of Health, WA and Myra Book, Senior Nursing Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Health, WA delivered a presentation on developing the role of the AIN: Delivering patient care in the acute care environment. The presentation below highlights some  key take-aways and future predictions for the role in the W.A. public health system

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Di Twigg, Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University gave some insights on AIN’s impact on the practice environment and how we can ethically manage future workforce needs. Her talk is now also available for viewing and download.

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Di Twigg, Myra Book and Brett Evans will again present at the 2nd annual Assistants in Nursing conference. Issues to be covered on the conference agenda include:

  • Establishing AIN scope of practice
  • Staffing methodology and managing shift patterns
  • Substitution versus Supplementation
  • The impact the AIN role has on meeting KPIs for Emergency Department targets
  • How AINs fit into acute mental health profile
  • Responsibility and accountability for Registered Nurses delegating to AINs
  • Change management in introducing and embedding the AIN role
  • AIN role outside of acute care: is the IN role expanding to meet higher dependency
  • Education and training pathways for AINs
  • Using AINs in the private sector

To view more presentations delivered at our healthcare conference, please visit our Slideshare profile.

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