Practice Nurse

Job Description

Employment Conditions

  • Award:  Nurses award 2010
  • Classification: Registered Nurse (Nurses award 2010 Classification Level 1 with progression through 8 pay points).
  • Hourly wage or Salary: As per award (plus 9.5% superannuation)
  • Payment of Wages: Payment will be made fortnightly into your nominated bank account Engagement: Casual (Hours as Required)
  • Hours of Work: Dependent upon clinic. General span of working hours are Monday – Friday 7.30am – 8.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9.30am – 6.30pm. Please note, most clinics operate on public holidays.
  • Breaks: (including tea and lunch breaks) are rostered.
  • Travel: Travel is unlikely to be required between sites. However in circumstances where surrounding clinics need coverage, travel may be required.
  • Police Check: Employment is subject to the incumbent providing the employer with a current and clear National Police Check
  • Additional: Potential for contact with hazardous material such as blood and bodily fluids; may be required to have relevant Immunisations.



To provide an exceptional standard of care to our clients and ensure smooth and efficient function of the practice.


  • Ensure the provision of quality nursing care through efficient, effective, safe and timely services; capabilities in exercising a significant level of initiative in the direct coordination, implementation and evaluation of care with appropriate outcomes.
  • Demonstrates commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrates commitment to ensure a high level of customer service.
  • Effectively communicates and promotes good interpersonal relationships both within and outside the organisation.
  • Ensure documentation and administrative responsibilities conform to legal requirements and GHMC policy and procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and a commitment to Quality Improvement, Risk Management and the Accreditation Process.

The Practice Nurse is accountable to the Nurse Manager. The Practice Nurse must assume responsibility for her/his own actions whilst promoting professional standards of practice and conduct.

A performance review will occur with the Human Resource Department six months from commencement of employment and then annually or earlier if required. Review criteria will be based on the Key Performance Indicators as outlined.

Good Health Medical Centre

  • Ensure GHMC’s image is enhanced and protected by performing all duties in a courteous, efficient and professional manner.
  • Abide by all GHMC Policies and Procedures.
  • Inform Management of any issues likely to adversely affect the performance, image or public perception of the organisation.
  • Adhere to Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines and use all necessary safety equipment provided, reporting any defect in any such equipment as soon as it comes to your attention.
  • Issue GHMC with all personal documentation (e.g. leave applications, sick leave advice, change of address) accurately and promptly.
  • Participate in on-going periodic Performance Reviews.
  • Act in a respectful, encouraging and helpful manner at all times, particularly when dealing with fellow employees.
  • Refrain from making public statements or issuing comments to the media unless specifically authorised by the Directors.
  • Ensure due care is exercised in the use of equipment issued or entrusted, and that proper maintenance is carried out on a regular basis.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding applicant, employee, patient, doctor and practice information.

Additional information


KPI 1 – Clinical / Technical Skill and Abilities:

These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Clinical Nursing Services.
  • Triage, client assessment and care planning.
  • Clinical data management.
  • Liaising with Allied Health, Community Care Services, and specialist practices.
  • Facilitating effective communication between patients and health care providers.
  • Patient advocacy.
  • Management of human and material resources.
  • Optimising the use of professional resources.
  • Building practice capacity to adapt to change.
  • Utilise and manage resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Maintaining medical supplies/ stock control.
  • Registers, recall and reminder systems.
  • Monitoring and maintaining cold chain procedures and recommendations as per national and state guidelines.
  • Perform clinical duties within required level of clinical competency, according to best available evidence.
  • Apply nursing assessment skills and nursing practice in a safe and professional manner that reflects practice standards and guidelines and RACGP guidelines.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of working with clients to achieve social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Health screening/assessments:

  • Older person’s health assessment/s (at home or in the GP clinic)
  • Healthy Children Check/s
  • 45 year old health check/s
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks
  • Preventative health checks and programs
  • Identify patients for health checks
  • PAP smear recalls

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management:

  • Providing education and health information including self-management and lifestyle
  • Asthma education and inhaler techniques
  • Diabetes education and blood glucose monitoring
  • Care Plans/Cycle of Care
  • GP Management Plans (GPMP)
  • Maintain registers for chronic disease Assist GP with procedures as required:
  • Diagnostic services, e.g. venepuncture, ECG, wound swabs, spirometry
  • Wound management

Population Health:

  • Immunisation
  • Immunisation recalls

KPI 2 – Personal and Professional Development:

Maintain and enhance current knowledge and skill base that facilitates the best possible client care.

Maintain an active professional development program by:

  • Attendance and participation in relevant courses, workshops, lectures, tele/video conferences, evidenced by provision of an attendance record of in-service education sessions.
  • Sharing of knowledge and skills so gained with other staff via formal and informal training.
  • Provide in-services appropriate to staff sharing knowledge and skills, learning and experience.
  • Exhibit flexibility, creditability, commitment, enthusiasm and caring towards staff, clients and the organisation.
  • Attend annual performance review with Human Resource Department.

KPI 3 – Customer Service:

  • Ensure clients are informed of the consent process, understand and provide consent prior to any invasive interventions.
  • Explain procedures to patients, providing them with support and reassurance.
  • Ensure all nursing and practice policies and procedures reflect a culturally safe and inclusive environment for all people accessing the service.
  • Conduct work professionally in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses and the ANMC Code of Ethics for Nurses and common law and RACGP guidelines.
  • Ensure that patient rights of human dignity, confidentiality and privacy are maintained.

KPI  4 – Teamwork and Communication:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills across all ages and social groups including verbal and written.
  • Liaise regularly with clinical team and management.
  • Liaise with other disciplines to achieve common goals, promoting good interpersonal relationships and recognition of skills.
  • Maintain a cooperative working relationship with all staff.
  • Communicate effectively and accurately and document relevant information according to GHMC policies and procedures.
  • Ensure behaviour is free of harassment, discrimination or victimisation towards any other person.

KPI 5 – Documentation and Administration:

  • Document patient information in a clinically effective manner that conforms to legal requirements and GHMC policy.
  • Participate in the ongoing development, revision and implementation of policies and procedures within the organisation.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information in compliance with privacy legislation.
  • Contribute to and maintain data collection when required for statistical purposes, also when required collate Department/Program data for presentation to appropriate bodies.

KPI 6  – Continuous Quality Improvements and Risk Management:

  • Maintain awareness of current and new legislation to ensure the practice complies with all statutory and regulatory obligations including infection control, sterilisation, hazardous materials and safe handling/disposal of medical waste, records managements, OH&S and Accreditation and RACGP guidelines.
  • Ensure relevant personnel are kept informed and systems and procedures for Infection control and sterilisation are maintained.
  • Participating in accreditation process and development of policy and procedures relevant to the practice and ongoing continuous quality improvement.
  • Maintain appropriate waste and sharp disposal and collection requirements.
  • Participate in and promote the value of research that contributes to development of evidence based nursing practice and improved standards of care.
  • Comply with Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) policies and procedures and the OH&S Act (of appropriate state) and related regulations.
  • Report any adverse events and complaints to Human Resource Department- Incident Reporting / delegate and document according to policy and procedure.
  • Identify to OH&S delegate equipment, resources or practice risk and communicate change required to maintain and further develop the delivery of effective, efficient and safe service.
  • Initiate plan, maintain, evaluate and participate in Quality Improvement activities within the organisation and regularly evaluate work practices to obtain continuous quality improvement in meeting consumer and organisational expectations and to minimise or manage identified risk.


  1. Registered Nurse holding current registration with Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  2. Demonstrates highly developed interpersonal and writing skills.
  3. Satisfactory criminal history check and issue of an ongoing police certificate.


  • At least 2 years fulltime equivalent as a Registered Nurse in an Acute, Community Care and/or General Practice setting.
  • Membership of relevant professional organisation.
  • Computer literacy with word-processing and data base programs, e.g. Microsoft office, Excel, clinical software, audit tools or similar.
  • Ability to analyse and utilise clinical data in service development and quality improvement initiatives.


  • must be made in writing
  • will be accepted by email, post, facsimile or in person. should be in the form of:
    • a Cover Letter referring to the Position Title
    • a separate Statement addressing the Key Selection Criteria
    • a Current Resume with the details of at least three (3) contactable Referees (one of which should be your most recent employer)

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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