Practice Nurse

Date listed: 5/6/2019
East Lismore Full Time

Experienced practice nurses needed for full-time/part-time/casual positions in new skin cancer clinic.

Summerland Skin Cancer Clinic
Skin cancer is seen as Australia’s national cancer, with 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with it by the age of 70 years. As such, there is a growing demand for experienced and dedicated skin cancer services. Opening in mid-July 2019, Summerland Skin Cancer Clinic will provide full skin checks and spot checks, together with a comprehensive range of skin cancer treatment options, including both surgical and non-surgical methods.

The Clinic's Director is Dr Tristan Hicks, a specialist GP who has worked full time in skin cancer diagnosis and management since 2015, and has personally diagnosed and managed hundreds of melanomas and thousands of non-melanoma skin cancers. Tristan has had extensive training in skin cancer, completing several advanced courses in its diagnosis and management. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Skin Cancer through the University of Queensland, and expects to complete his fellowship with the Skin Cancer College Australasia in 2019. He is a registered fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Summerland Skin Cancer Clinic is centrally located in East Lismore in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, and services the people of Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Alstonville, Ballina, Byron Bay, Evans Head and surrounding areas.

We value warmth, sincerity, professionalism and dedication in ourselves as well as our staff, as we believe this will ensure that patients receive the highest quality care and that we all enjoy working together.

Practice Nurse Role
The practice nurse role is critical to the success of Summerland Skin Cancer Clinic in its desire to provide all of its patients with access to high quality and affordable skin cancer diagnosis and management in a timely fashion. His/her primary purpose is to participate in the clinical care of patients, including wound care, assistance with clinical procedures and patient education. The nurse also supports the broader running of the Clinic by assisting administration staff regarding patient recalls and giving of patient results under the direction of the medical staff. The practice nurse will report to the practice manager and has the following key responsibilities:
- Greeting and attending to patients in person and over the phone in a professional and caring manner
- Assisting administration staff with maintaining business inventories (e.g. invoices, stocks/supplies ordering, or scheduling equipment maintenance/repair), as needed
- Assisting the medical staff with clinical procedures, including set up and clean up
- Cleaning of medical instruments, including autoclaving
- Managing medical emergencies together with the medical staff, as needed
- Liaising with other health care providers (such as general practitioners, medical/surgical specialists and/or radiology/pathology providers) with professionalism and discretion, as needed
- Answering incoming telephone calls in a courteous and helpful manner, as needed
- Scheduling patient appointments, as needed
- Maintaining confidentiality of all doctor, staff and patient information
- Other duties as needed

Job Specifics
- Job type - Full-time/Part-time/Casual
- Award – Nurses Award 2010 (EN Pay Point 4 or higher; RN1 Pay Point 2 or higher)
- Superannuation – 9.5%
- Work Location – East Lismore, NSW
- Work Hours – 8-38 hours per week
- Travel Requirements – none
- Parking - free on-site car park for staff and patients
- Weekend work hours - Nil

Candidate Qualifications
The practice nurse should have the following qualifications:
- Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an EN or RN (Required)
- Current membership with Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) (Preferred)
- Completion of Practice Nursing Program or equivalent (Preferred)
- Completion of wound management short course (Preferred)

Candidate Skills and Attributes
The practice nurse should have the following skills and attributes:
- Proficiency in wound care, especially surgical wounds and dressings
- Assuring quality patient care by adhering to relevant therapeutic and medical standards/regulations, as well as practice policies and procedures
- Maintaining a safe and clean working environment by complying with relevant procedures, rules and regulations, including infection control processes
- Medication administration as directed by the patient’s treating medical officer
- Documenting patient care in the electronic clinical record to a high standard
- Knowledge of computer systems and electronic equipment, including common office software
- High level communication (including oral and written), listening and people management skills
- High level time management skills, including the ability to work independently, prioritise tasks and integrate work content/timing with the needs of other staff members, as required
- High level problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to a problem, and the preparedness to seek assistance when needed
- High level ability to monitor own performance and to make improvements/adjustments as needed
- High level interpersonal perceptiveness, including awareness of others’ perspectives/reactions, managing an angry patient, or the initial handling of a patient complaint
- Commitment to continuing professional development

Only candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be considered for the position.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please contact the Summerland Skin Cancer Clinic’s Practice Manager, Elizabeth Hicks, by email:

Job Type
Full Time
Healthcare & Medical
Sub Sector
Nursing - General Medical & Surgical

East Lismore 2480

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