APNA's definition of primary health care nursing covers health, scope of practice, primary health care, roles and settings. We also explore general practice nursing and Phillips et al. six roles of the general practice nurse.
Aged care nursing
APNA is the peak body for nurses working in primary health care. And yes, that includes aged care nurses! The nursing workforce in aged care will keep on growing as Australia faces an expanding ageing population. This means that skilled nurses will always be in demand and this sector of nursing can be a great career option. With over 42,000 aged care nurses in Australia, APNA is at the forefront of providing relevant education, networking and support to ensure the needs of aged care nurses are being met.
Enjoy a rewarding career in aged care with APNA. Seven reasons to join:
Online learning to expand your scope of practice
With over 50 courses relevant for aged care nurses—including courses on dementia, diabetes, ulceration of the lower legs, optimising health as people age, palliative care, manual tasks in aged care, mental health & much more—APNA delivers rich, interactive learning in a fully flexible online format allowing you to work through the education at your pace and convenience.
APNA helps make professional isolation a thing of the past with specialised networking events for its members. We know that aged care nurses are a special breed—and that no one understands aged care nurses better than an aged care nurse. That's why APNA run networking events specifically for aged care nurses to meet, connect and share their experience—not to mention grabbing some cheeky CPD points along the way.
Professional support and advice
As an APNA member you can dial our Nurse Support Line and connect with a senior, experienced aged care nurse who will provide support, share up-to-date information, best practice and clinical advice. Whether you have a question about administering vaccinations, you're looking for advice on taking the next steps in your career, or you just want to vent about a co-worker driving you crazy—we're here for you.
Resources to support best-practice aged care nursing
The days of looking for that needle (resource) in the haystack (Google) are long over with APNA. With a mammoth library—the Knowledge Hub—containing over 2,000 primary health care research articles, guidelines and news stories, including: End of Life Directions for Aged Care, Managing Chronic Disease in Aged Care, Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Guideline.
Content to keep you informed and inspired
Sometimes it can feel like a desert out there when searching for juicy aged care content. Well, APNA has you covered. Our weekly Connect e-news is laced with industry news and ideas. Whereas, the APNA Nurse Know How video series delivers bite-sized education on relevant tips and tricks—here’s a taster on the topic of advance care planning. And if that has you salivating for more, then check out the Not Just a Nurse podcast episode with mentor and coach, Julie Hassard, where she talks about her program, ‘Doing Dying Better’. From news to videos and podcasts—APNA is continuously pumping out relevant content.
Quality and cost-effective insurance to safeguard your registration
You’ve spent time and money becoming a nurse, and it’s important that you take charge of your insurance and protect your registration. APNA has negotiated a quality and cost-effective insurance deal for its members, including members who work in aged care. Members of APNA can access 12 months professional indemnity insurance for only $120—yes, that’s a steal not a deal.
Making your voice louder
As you’re well aware the Royal Commission has highlighted that nurses are in need of additional support to enjoy a rewarding career in primary health care. APNA is here for you. In October 2019, APNA provided a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on behalf of our membership. View the submission here. Our voice is only as loud as the members behind it—being an APNA member gives strength to our submissions.
But wait, there's more...
In addition to the above, APNA reflects the views of our membership and the broader profession by bringing together nurses from across Australia to represent, advocate, promote and celebrate the achievements of nurses in primary health care.
With a dedicated Aged Care Planning and Advisory Group (ACPAG), APNA ensures that your voices are being heard. Learn more about ACPAG by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org