Former Assistants in Nursing needed for research in on the job training

Aged care 

Researchers from Western Sydney University are seeking graduate nurses who have previously worked as undergraduate Assistants in Nursing (AIN) in aged care to participate in a study.

The research, being conducted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is examining how working as an AIN prepares graduate nurses for the clinical work environment.

Ms Maricris Algoso, who is conducting the study as part of her PhD, says undergraduate AIN employment is an opportunity for universities and healthcare providers to collaborate in educating future nurses.

"Bachelor of Nursing students are often recruited to work as AINs or as Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) to gain valuable work experience," says Ms Algoso.

"It's the significance of the on-the-job training, if any, that we hope to identify."

"The information from this study will hopefully help us develop strategies that can further strengthen the relationship between clinical practice and study, and help best prepare quality nursing graduates for our health system."

If you are a recent graduate holding a Bachelor of Nursing and have at least three months experience, and previously worked as an AIN or PCA in aged care, please contact Maricris Algoso on (02) 4620 3370 or E:

The study has been approved by Western Sydney University, Human Research Ethics Committee with approval number: H10915.


5 July 2016

Tanya Patterson - Media Officer