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Enrolled Nurse

A career as an Enrolled Nurse offers flexibility, diverse work settings, and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

What's it like to be an Enrolled Nurse?

An Enrolled Nurse (commonly referred to as an EN) provides nursing care under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) and as part of an interdisciplinary medical team. The supervision arrangements for ENs may vary between employers. ENs provide nursing support and comfort to patients within their scope of practice in a variety of health, aged care, welfare, and community settings.

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Tasks and duties

  • Observing, measuring and recording patients' vital statistics and reporting changes in patient's conditions to RNs and doctors.
  • Providing physical and emotional support to patients and their families.
  • Assisting with personal hygiene tasks such as bathing, showering and dressing.
  • Working to a care plan set by RNs, doctors, and therapists.
  • Writing detailed patient notes.
  • Providing pre-and post-operative nursing care.
  • Providing wound care.
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An EN may administer medicines if they do not have a notation on their registration. This means they have completed the relevant medication administration education. Specific units of education apply for administering intravenous (IV) medicines.

ENs who have completed the relevant education and do not have a notation on their registration may be unofficially referred to as "Endorsed Enrolled Nurses" in job ads or position descriptions, however, this is not an official term used by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

What can I earn as an Enrolled Nurse?

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Enrolled Nurse roles in AUS are typically advertised between $50k and $70k
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How to become an Enrolled Nurse


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A Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) is the minimum level of study required to become an Enrolled Nurse in Australia. These qualifications generally take 12 months to two years to complete and are open to anyone 18 years or older who has successfully completed year 12 or has a current Certificate III with relevant industry experience, or a Certificate IV or higher.

  1. Complete a Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) at TAFE or a private registered training organisation.
  2. Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as an EN. Registration must be renewed annually.

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Latest Enrolled Nurse reviews

Latest reviews from 100 Enrolled Nurses surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
Nursing is rewarding, and I feel I am blessed to care for others at times there are challenges and tears, because you care for others and there is laughter I am glad I am a nurse as you can make a difference in some ones live.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Dementia
The good things
I find my role as a Nurse very rewarding, I work as a Personal Carer for over 12 years and then decided to do a Diploma of Nursing. My role as a nurse is challenging at the end of the day I know I gi...
The challenges
Do the best you can, some days things do not go to plan prioritized your work for the moment.
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May 2021
Nursing can be tough at times but i won't give it up for anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged Care
The good things
Nursing is a tough job unless you’re passionate The good things If you are passionate about nursing it an exceptionally rewarding career. The patients are often friendly and will recognise nurses who ...
The challenges
Nursing is a tough job unless you’re passionate The challenges There are patients and families who will treat you terribly but they are not as common as the good ones. It can be challenging to lose a...
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