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Senior Nursing Assistant (DN) Education Requirements


The specific knowledge and skills required for the Senior Nursing Assistant  role in the District Nursing service are detailed below and Senior Nursing Assistants should be trained in the following:

  • Lone worker role
  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical observations: temperature, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, urinalysis, collection of samples, blood glucose monitoring
  • Record keeping and community documentation and information systems
  • Catheter care
  • Ostomy care
  • Continence management
  • Prevention of pressure ulceration (does not include risk assessment)
  • Simple wound and skin care
  • Lower limb care
  • Awareness of palliative and end of life care
  • Awareness of: local community and voluntary services, Public Health Initiatives, frailty and social isolation

Continuous Professional Development including: Continue with updates of mandatory and skills training in addition to promotion of health and well-being.

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