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A career in nursing can truly make a difference to the lives of people and communities. As the health sector expands, nursing is becoming increasingly complex and important. TAFE NSW maintains up-to-date and expert training for roles within and related to nursing including Enrolled Nurse.

If you have a positive outlook, patience and a desire to care for others, graduate with a TAFE NSW qualification and make a real difference.

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Diploma of Nursing

Course code: HLT54115

This course provides the skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse under the supervision of the registered nurse in a variety of settings including acute, aged care, community, rehabilitation and mental health. It will provide the theoretical and practical skills to: - relate the concepts of the person, environment and health to the safe and effective practice of nursing - participate in a multidisciplinary team to assist the individual to meet their needs - practise in a safe and culturally competent manner to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional and mental health needs of individuals - practice within the nursing professional standards, codes of practice and state legislation - develop, monitor and maintain a holistic plan of care in collaboration with the RN, multidisciplinary team - demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills in a variety of healthcare settings - participate in professional development of self - practise within safety standards and quality improvement guidelines - engage in reflective practice, nursing research and critically analyse and apply evidence based practice to nursing care To complete the Diploma of Nursing students are required to successfully complete all units and complete a minimum of 400hrs of unpaid professional experience to meet the assessment requirements of the units. On completion of HLT54115 qualification students are eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (http://www.ahpra.gov.au). ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are enrolling in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for at least 2 minutes on the floor. If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Course code: ACM40412

This qualification is for people wanting to work with animals within a veterinary clinic or those already employed in the care of animals as a veterinary nurse. The qualification helps you develop the skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties in a variety of workplace situations under minimal supervision. Duties include patient admission and discharge, office procedures, radiography, pathology, surgery, dental procedures, nursing animals and providing animal care advice to the public. It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a veterinary workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work experience. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and increase your experience working with others in this field. By completing this qualification you will be able to work in a team environment with veterinarians and other veterinary nurses to supply quality care to a range of sick and injured animals. You will be able to work safely in a variety of locations including examination rooms, surgical theatres, offices and outdoor animal facilities.

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course code: HLT35015

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist during oral health care procedures. Their role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography)

Course code: HLT45015

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care. This qualification reflects the requirements for the specialisation Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography). To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Jurisdictional legislative radiation licensing requirements may apply to candidates who undertake Group A electives for Radiography specialisation. If Radiography units or a Radiology specialisation is not selected,no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion)

Course code: HLT45015

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care. This qualification reflects the requirements for the specialisation Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion). To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Jurisdictional legislative radiation licensing requirements may apply to candidates who undertake Group A electives for Radiography specialisation. If Radiography units or a Radiology specialisation is not selected,no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support

Course code: HLT47115

This qualification reflects the role of skilled pharmacy technicians who work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a hospital or community setting. This may include pharmacies that are located outside of health services but supply medicines and products to hospitals and other health services. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (General Anaesthesia and Conscious Sedation)

Course code: HLT45015

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care. This qualification reflects the requirements for the specialisation Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (General Anaesthesia and Conscious Sedation). To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Jurisdictional legislative radiation licensing requirements may apply to candidates who undertake Group A electives for Radiography specialisation. If Radiography units or a Radiology specialisation is not selected,no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in nursing work in acute care)

Course code: HLT33115

This qualification reflects the role of a variety of workers who use a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge to provide assistance to health professional staff for the care of clients. Health services assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

Course code: HLT37015

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in instrument sterilising roles in a sterilising service or reprocessing area. No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

TAFE Plus Statement in Introduction To Canine Behaviour - Seminar

Course code: 162-28482V01

This is an introductory course in behaviour of dogs and how they communicate. This course is suitable for anyone working with dogs - vet nurses, dog owners, pet sitters or people considering a career in animal behaviour. This 3 hour seminar is presented by a fully qualified animal scientist, animal behaviourist, vet nurse and animal trainer/zookeeper.

Diploma of Practice Management

Course code: HLT57715

This qualification reflects the role of business or practice managers who manage the operation of small to medium sized health practices. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Statement of Attainment in Processing and Maintaining Patient Medical Records and Accounts

Course code: 900-80256V01

This short course is designed to equip students to get hands-on knowledge of one of the popular practice management billing software system; eclaims and learn the practical knowledge of preparing, processing of medical accounts and maintaining the patient records on the billing software system.

TAFE Statement in Care of the Senior Dog

Course code: 162-N50016V01

This workshop is designed to provide information to Vet Nurses and Professionals in the canine industries and Owners of aged dogs. The focus will be on caring for older/aged/disabled dogs using natural and physical therapies associated with giving such dogs a better quality of life, and maintaining conditions associated with aging.

Statement of Attainment in Skin Needling & Infection Control

Course code: 161-72607V01

This post graduate skin needling course is open to qualified beauty therapists, nurses and advanced skin care professionals who would like to up skill in the area of Skin Needling and infection control. Skin Needling is an ever increasingly popular non ablative skin rejuvenation procedure. This is a great asset for any skin care therapist, who would like to offer advanced treatments using the lastest in technology for skin needling. You will learn how to, • Treat skin conditions, including o acne, o pigmentation & o ageing • Maintain infection control • Wound healing • Understanding topical anesthetic • Pre and post treatments applications • Clinical treatment procedures • Home care

Graduate Certificate in Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Hair Reduction

Course code: SIB70110

This course is for those who hold a Diploma of Beauty Therapy qualification or a relevant diploma qualification and hold significant vocational experience as a Beauty Therapist or in the application of human biology, anatomy and physiology in their field. This course will reflect the role of individuals who apply substantial specialised knowledge and skills to design and safely apply non-ionising radiation treatments using intense pulsed light and laser technologies to reduce unwanted hair on the face and body. In this role you will learn to make complex, high level, independent judgements in consultation with clients and analysing their skin and hair characteristics, designing and evaluating intense pulsed light and laser hair reduction treatment programs, selecting and using appropriate technology, and applying it within the context of safe client and operator practices and in compliance with regulatory requirements. To achieve a Graduate Certificate in Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Hair Reduction, 5 (five) core units must be completed.

TAFE Plus Statement in Canine Behaviour Assessment - Workshop

Course code: 162-28975V01

This one day intensive workshop is for people who want training in conducting Canine Behaviour Assessments and Temperament Testing. This course provides an overview on the processes involved in conducting behaviour assessment. This course does NOT attempt to qualify students to conduct Temperament Tests for Restricted Breeds for councils nor assessing for Dangerous Dog Orders. This workshop will include theory and practical hands-on components. Students will have completed a Canine Behaviour Assessment by the end of the workshop. Covered footwear and sun protection is necessary. Your teacher for this workshop is a fully qualified animal scientist, animal behaviourist, vet nurse, animal trainer and zookeeper. She is an experienced animal behaviour expert who manages the behaviour department at a leading animal shelter in Sydney as well as having her own animal behaviour consultancy. The seminars Introduction to Canine Behaviour (28482) and Advanced Canine Behaviour (28483) are pre-requisites to attending this workshop.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

Course code: CHC33015

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

TAFE Plus Statement in Behaviour Modification and Rehab of Dogs and Cats

Course code: 162-28977V01

This one day intensive workshop introduces students to the field of domestic animal behavioural modification. This workshop demonstrates the techniques used by behaviourists and trainers to address common behavioural issues. This course only demonstrates and endorses positive reinforcement techniques and techniques endorsed by the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals. Students are encouraged to complete the seminars; Introduction to Canine Behaviour and Advanced Canine Behaviour and Solving Pet Behaviour Issues prior to attending this course. Covered footwear and sun protection is necessary. Your teacher for this workshop is a fully qualified animal scientist, animal behaviourist, vet nurse, animal trainer and zookeeper. She is an experienced animal behaviour expert who manages the behaviour department at a leading animal shelter in Sydney as well as having her own animal behaviour consultancy.

Statement of Attainment in Individual Support - Disability Skill Set

Course code: CHCSS00098

This skill set reflects the skill requirements for providing person centred support to people with disability in various settings.

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course code: ACM20110

This course is for people wanting to gain experience in working with animals. It is an entry point into the animal care industry and prepares you for job roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter or pet shop. The course enables you to develop skills and knowledge required for the care and maintenance of animals in a variety of workplaces. You will learn about the animal care industry and careers available in its many sectors. Whilst undertaking this course it is highly recommended that you seek to gain a period of work experience in an animal care workplace. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and experience what it is like to work with others in an animal care facility. By completing the course, you will be able to catch and handle a range of animals, feed and water animals, complete animal care hygiene routines, assist in the health care of animals and communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues. Pathways from this course include higher level qualifications in animal studies animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Course code: CHC43315

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community)

Course code: CHC33015

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting

Course code: HLT47715

This qualification reflects the role of medical practice assistants whose work includes a broad range of administrative functions combined with tasks to support medical practitioners in the delivery of care to clients. These tasks are completed under the direct or indirect supervision of a medical practitioner. A medical practice assistant may work under the supervision of a health care professional other than a medical practitioner, but this should only occur where: the health care professional is in the same practice as the medical practitioner and the medical practitioner has agreed to the other health care professional providing the supervision A registered nurse must accept or refuse responsibility for supervision of an activity of a medical practice assistant, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)Decision-making framework. An enrolled nurse cannot provide supervision. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

TAFE Plus Statement in Natural Therapies for Animals - Hydrotherapy

Course code: 162-29175V01

In this course you will learn about the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs. Hydrotherapy is effective for improving strength, range of motion, agility and psychological well-being. It also assists in reducing pain. Discover why it is so good for dogs to swim, whether it is for recuperation from injuries and operations, on an exercise program to lose weight, or improve their cardiovascular fitness or purely to swim for leisure and enjoyment. Almost every muscle of the anatomy is exercised whilst avoiding impact to joints and bones. Bring your dog along for this fun hands-on class. Classes will be held at the Londonderry Hydrotherapy Centre. Assist your dog to swim in a heated specialised canine hydrotherapy pool. With qualifications from the National College of Traditional Medicine, your teacher will show you how to keep your pets healthy - by keeping it natural. Course requirements: Please bring your dog on a lead. You will need to have suitable clothes/swimmers for swimming - preferably a long sleeve rashie or top to protect against scratches, a towel for you and a towel for your dog. Please do not bring dogs with any medical condition or if you have any concerns about their health. This course is suitable for pet owners and vet nurses. Upon completion of this course you will be able to assist dogs in the hydrotherapy pool and have an understanding of hydrotherapy benefits and practice. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Certificate II in Auslan

Course code: 22075VIC

This course provides knowledge and skills for participants who require introductory training in order to communicate with other Deaf people, or hearing people who need to communicate with Deaf family or workplace colleagues. At this level, the course teaches participants how to give simple information in Auslan in a number of contexts, apply major principles of learning Auslan as a second language and demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural and historical knowledge of the Deaf community. Successful completion of this course will enable graduates who come into contact with sign language users in their workplaces to expand their skills and enhance their employment opportunities in roles such as: - Teachers Aide - Child Care Worker - Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant - Community Worker - Case Manager - Case Worker - Youth Worker - Aged Care Worker - Integration Aide - Administration Officer/Receptionist - Nurse

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)

Course code: CHC33015

This qualification reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs. Workers have a range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge, as well as some theoretical knowledge of the concepts and practices required to provide person-centred support. Two specialisations are completed for the award of this qualification - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community). To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

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What job opportunities could a nursing course lead to?

Nursing courses offer students the chance to focus on their passion and help progress their careers in the care sector. Courses in this area are formulated to give you the tools, practical skills and background knowledge you need to provide support to those in care, hospitals and in their homes.

A Nursing course can lead to a number of job opportunities, such as working in a high-pressure, A&E hospital environment. Qualifications in Nursing can lead to a career in being a registered nurse, homecare worker, nurse manager, nursing support worker to a nursing assistant. The average weekly salary for a registered nurse is $1,289.

TAFE NSW offers a wide range of courses at a number of levels to suit your needs. Whether you're just starting out in Nursing, want to upgrade your skills or simply broaden your horizons, don't wait any longer and enrol now!