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    Hi there. Anyone studying or studied their Certificate 3 in Aged Care?

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    I completed my cert 3 about 2.5mths ago. Been working since i did my placement in april.

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    How did you do the course? I've been working for over 2 years but just never finished my course. I'm still studying but as I do it online I find it hard to stay focused and quite hard to do the assessments even though I know everything about nursing homes.

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    I hope you don't mind me butting in but this course is something I am planning to do once my youngest is in school. I have been wondering if I should start studying now at home instead so I could go strait to work.

    I was wondering what tasks do you Need to do on an average shift? Is night work something you can choose or do you need to be on a rotating shifts? How does that fit in with getting kids from school etc?

    Thanx

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    I did mine through a small organisation that had 6wks in class full time(pretty sure it was 6wks). It was a coarse offered by the government. We covered the same things tafe did but it was more compact. I dont personally believe we had enough time to go through everything we should know but i finished it and very glad i did.

    I originally started studying it through tafe but mainly online but i struggled as i needed to be in a classroom but i couldnt be in the classroom as my little one was too little and i had heaps of other committments on at the time.

    If you are in brisbane i can let you know where i studied it as they do new coarses every 3mths i think it is in different locations. I found them through my local paper and it was of no cost to me.We covered everything including first aid.

    I then had to do 90hrs of placement and was offered a job a few days after i finished my placement and now work in an ACF in high care maibly dementia 90% of the time and love it.

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    with nursing homes you need to have your certificate or be studying unless you get a traineeship. There are usually morning afternoon and night shifts and if you apply for work and tell them what shifts you can and can't do from the start so then you'll only get work where they need you hours you can. Most are about 7 to 3 in day 3 to 11 in afternoon and 10.30 to 7 as overnight so depends what you can do. My partner is stay at home dad which is good because I think in nursing the more flexible you can be the more work you get I do my course online throug OTEN if that helps I'm in NSW too. I'll get there though

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    The shifts at my work place is 6:30am to 3pm, 1:30pm to 10pm and 9:30pm til 7:30pm. There are a few short shifts like 7am til 1:30pm and 3:30pm til 8:30pm

    I usually do mornings and they do have a few 7am starts but its rare for me to be rostered as they are taken with the permanate staff so if i get called in which is generally ALL the time, they accomodate with me being late.

    I use before and after school care currently plus the help of a few people so i can work otherwise i am wasting my time really.

    The things you do on an average shift really depend on what shift you do and what sort of care is needed.

    In high care where most of my residents are bed bound, there is constant checks, daily hygienes so doing for them what you do for youself, toileting, assisting with meals etc. Mornings are very very hectic and i struggle getting all the cares done at a reasonable hour as i like to spend a few extra mins with people. We also have to supervise the smokers and get alot of pallative care too.

    Afternoons are really breazy and easy. We just put clothes away, help with feeds, bedtime for everyone but there is also the turning and also checking their aids etc. Some days its crazy busy but it really depends on where you work.and what sort of care is required(low or high)

    I have only done one night shift being 9:30pm til 7:30am and it was in low care. All i had to do thee was do 2hrly checks without waking unless they needed their aids changed and just make sure they are generally alive. From 6am though it was go go go with helping the morning staff start their showering.

    Its enjoyable but my gosh, i get exhausted from it.

    Hope that helps the PP asking more about it. It does take alot of your time. I put NA all weekend yet i was called up all weekend. I am doing a double tomorrow. I am doing an escort shift then my afternoon shift and then there is always the call to stay back and do another shift.

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    I have just enrolled to do my Cert III in Aged Care today. I will be doing mine full-time over six months at TAFE and will be starting this Monday. It's been a while since i have studied so i hope i will manage ok with the assignments.

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    I.ve both studied and worked in aged care. Happy to answer any questions but mztics answer covered pretty much everything. she is right mornings are crazy..once you get through that its fine. I liked the 3-10.30 pm shift personally. it involved preparing and serving afternoon tea, preparing dinner in low care or serving/feeding dinner in high care, getting them into bed (only a couple had nightly showers) so do teeth, put night aides on, toilet etc..than chores/paperwork and prepare for b/fast.

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    Hi 3soon2be,
    I am an aged and child care trainer. The Cert 3 in Aged Care is a great qualification to study, particularly the way the job market is at the moment - you will find employment no doubt! You can study it online or via face to face, a lot of my student are online as it helps them fit in study around their working and personal commitments. You will also do a placement during the course to apply and practice the skills learned. The time frame really depends on your prior commitments, I have had students finish in a couple of months to some requiring extensions over a year. Costs vary so contact as many RTOs as you can for the most option. Good luck


 

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