Nursing Support and Care Worker Kaiāwhina Tapuhi/Kaimahi Atawhai

Nursing support and care workers provide assistance, support and care to people in a variety of health, welfare and community settings, and in their homes.

Nursing support and care workers may do some or all of the following, depending on where they work:

  • help patients at home with tasks such as showering and dressing
  • do housework such as cleaning and ironing
  • prepare and serve meals
  • ensure patients are taking the correct medication
  • clean and prepare medical equipment and instruments
  • take patients' electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, samples and fluid balances
  • help patients with rehabilitation in areas such as social skills and walking
  • transfer patients between hospital wards and departments using wheelchairs, stretchers or moveable beds
  • deliver and collect patient files and x-rays, and linen, rubbish, infectious waste, specimens and equipment
  • assist with patient discharges.

Physical Requirements

Nursing support and care workers need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong, with no back problems, as the work can be physically demanding.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for nursing support and care workers includes:

  • work in rest homes and nursing homes
  • hospital work
  • work with families, the elderly or people with disabilities
  • work that involves helping people, or customer service
  • first aid experience
  • cleaning jobs and housekeeping work.

Personal Qualities

Nursing support and care workers need to be:

  • patient and tolerant
  • practical
  • organised and responsible
  • friendly, helpful and compassionate
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to relate well to people from a range of cultures
  • skilled at listening and communicating.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for nursing support and care workers includes:

  • work in rest homes and nursing homes
  • hospital work
  • work with families, the elderly or people with disabilities
  • work that involves helping people, or customer service
  • first aid experience
  • cleaning jobs and housekeeping work.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA level 1 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, maths and biology.

Nursing Support and Care Workers can earn around $37K-$42K per year per year.

Nursing support and care workers may progress to work as registered nurses after completing a Bachelor of Nursing. They may also move into administrative or managerial roles in the community and in hospitals or private health care organisations.

Nursing support and care workers may specialise in:

  • care of the elderly
  • care of people with disabilities
  • medical assistance in hospitals
  • community care services.
Nursing Support and Care Worker