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KingAaron

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KingAaron

  • Joined: May 2006
  • Location: Adelaide
  • Posts: 51

Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:08 am Last edited Aug 08, 2006, 08:37 am Update #1

wanted to know either ur opition, or the policy in the facility that you work in, what are personal care workers allowed and not allowed to do ?. I mean, ADL's, Medications, Wound Care, LMO rounds, admissions, discharges, etc, etc.

Also, with the Levels that PC's are payed under, do they mean anythink in the facility that you work in, ie; higher level higher duties, higher pay, type of thing, or they just reflect the amount of hrs the carer has done ?!

Aaron

modified: Tuesday 08 August 2006 8:38:17 am - KingAaron

PrincessDemonik

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  • Joined: Mar 2007
  • Location: Sydney
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Mar 29, 2007, 05:44 am

Hi Aaron

I note that you write from SA, and I can only tell you what direction PCAs (personal care assistants) are heading in NSW. PCAs are generally employed in Hostels or other low care residential aged care. In NSW, a few aged care providers changed their PCAs to CSE (care support employees) a few years back. Care supervisors (cert IV AINs) are becoming the team leaders replacing RNs.

As a PCA, you are not classified as a nurse. In NSW, a PCA/CSE/CS cannot obtain membership from the NSW nurses' union. You are a carer, a support worker. Under this classification, your employer can pretty much make you do anything from cleaning, laundry, showering, doing medication rounds. They cannot do this with AINs, ENs, EENs or RNs. This is because we are employed as nurses, under a nurse union. We have that level of protection.

Low care facilities don't like this, so they prefer to employ one set of staff, and train them up to do everything. It costs them a lot less this way.

dinah

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Dec 18, 2009, 06:33 am

Anyone here starting or finishing there cert four. Would love to have a buddy to study with.

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Sep 18, 2010, 08:53 pm

Hi, I am atrainer delivering Cert IV Aged Care and want to do some PD on admistering medications without doing the Cert IV again can anyone help

PS if any one in Victoia is looking for a great Cert III and IV in Aged Care and HACC look me up at www.considerthistraining.com.au

JJB

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Jan 09, 2012, 12:36 am

Hi all,

I'm an ex Care worker in ACT, I can't tell you what the law says PC's are allowed to do, only that i did everything from administrating meds, personal care, washing, cooking, shopping , lifting, social work, palliative care. I worked in everything, disability,age care,residential care, palliative care all under the same company with only a cert 3 in disabilities *which i only got when it became mandatory in ACT* after working 2 years without one.

cakers

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  • Joined: Oct 2008
  • Location: QLD
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Jan 27, 2012, 09:46 pm

My five cents worth as a dedicated RN in Aged Care. All facilities have a JOB DESCRIPTION to get hold of during interviews or indeed you can ask for it ahead in an application package. The roles of all employees in aged care are spelled out in Job Descriptions that should be readily available. At the annual chat time to see how well we are doing (Annual Appraisal), the Job Description is always referred to. These outline all expectations for the role.

PC's are paid at levels depending on the HOURS they have done. It is time on the job that adds up but as for higher duties, never heard of it with PC's (I'm in QLD). If you indeed did the medication competencies, you might get another 50 cents an hour though, if you are lucky; seems wrong for the level of responsibility.

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