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Online training launched for aged care nurses

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 19-11-2013

ANF federal education officer Jodie Davis

Education modules and resources developed by nurses for nurses forms the centrepiece of the Australian Nursing Federation’s new online Aged Care Training Room (ACTR).

The recently launched ACTR features more than 50 modules designed for aged care and community care nurses as they work to meet their continuing professional development requirements and accreditation standards.

Under the initiative, nurses can increase their knowledge and understanding of issues and illnesses that impact on the lives of older people, with topics ranging from elder abuse and advocacy to OHS, mobility dexterity, falls, rehabilitation, sensory loss, depression, dementia, CALD clients, delirium, nutrition and hydration, continence, pain management, sleep and conflict resolution.

ANF federal education officer Jodie Davis said she

expected ACTR to be a popular online training resource particularly for nurses working in rural and remote areas.

“We have campaigned for quite a long time to support our aged care and community care nurses because they really have got the rough end of the stick,” she said.

“Aged care nurses cope on a daily basis with staff shortages and lower wages; getting their CPD hours should not be another burden for this dedicated group of nurses.

“We thought this was a really affordable way and a one-stop-shop for them, it’s a tax deduction and often work places might help them out.

“I think it’s a great initiative to support our aged care nurses.”

Ms Davis said ACTR would help nurses meet their minimum 20 hours of ongoing professional development, required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia each year.

The ANF has joined forces with aged care online learning provider Moving On Training to create the ACTR.

The Aged Care Training Room costs $110 for ANF members per annum and $132 for non-members.

For more information visit www.onwebfast.com/anf/courses.php

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