1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Registered Developmental Disability Nurse
      Registered Mental Retardation Nurse

Provides nursing care to people with intellectual disabilities.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • provides care, advocacy and therapeutic and supporting relationships for people with intellectual disabilities
  • provides comprehensive assessments of people's physical and personal growth
  • gives direct nursing care to people with intellectual disabilities and encourages and develops self-help skills
  • administers, supervises and monitors prescribed medications and initiates appropriate interventions as required
  • maintains medical files, such as progress notes, treatment sheets and drug registers
  • interprets, implements and evaluates nursing policies, codes of ethics or conduct, current legislation and statutory regulations
  • delivers education, research findings and health promotion programs, within a developmental disability framework

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