Day in the life of an AiN

AGED CARE

Day in the life of an AiN

  • 6.30am
    It’s an early start for Veisinia van Niekerk, who has been an AiN for 19 years and has worked at Weroona Nursing Home in Leichhardt for almost nine years.
  • 7.30 am
    After showering the residents, it’s time to get them ready for breakfast.
  • 8 am
    While the residents enjoy breakfast, Veisinia gets to work making the beds and doing a quick tidy up of the rooms.
  • 9am
    Veisinia helps residents with their personal care, helping one man cut his fingernails.
  • 10 am
    It’s time for morning tea, and each resident gets a cuppa and some cake.
  • 11 am
    There’s always plenty of paperwork to be done, and Veisinia takes some time out to catch up on the relevant documents for the day.
  • 11.30 am
    It’s time for Veisinia’s break, and she settles in for a cuppa and a chat with a colleague.
  • 12.30 pm
    Back to work, and now it’s time to prepare for the residents’ lunch break, which is served in the lunch room.
  • 1 pm
    Veisinia briefs DON Janelle McDowall on her day’s work. If Veisinia was classified as CSE rather than AiN, her day could include more non-nursing duties such as gardening or kitchen work.
  • 2 pm
    Veisinia spends some time with a resident who has made her a special Christmas gift as thanks for all her care.
  • 2.30 pm
    After a long day, it’s the end of the shift and time to head home. ‘People don’t realise how hard we work,’ Veisinia said. ‘I love my job. And if you love your job then your job loves you.’