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).
Enrolled Nurse
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.

What can I earn as an Enrolled Nurse?

The most common salary  for an Enrolled Nurse is between $50k and $60k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become an Enrolled Nurse

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 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.
  3. Explore opportunities for further study (such as the Advanced Diploma of Nursing HLT64115, which is also delivered through TAFE or private registered training organisations).

Explore Enrolled Nurse qualifications

Find out where you can complete a Diploma of Nursing HLT54115, and what study options are available.
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Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

What are employers looking for?

Employers want:
  • AHPRA registration
  • Police Check
  • Clinical care experience
  • Flexible availablity
  • Working with Children Check
Shortlisted applicants have:
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • CPR certification
  • Computer literacy
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Certificate III in Aged Care
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Enrolled Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 54 Enrolled Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews
5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Great variety in every days work, never a dull moment. Very rewarding working with people.
The challenges
Can be overwhelming at times. Managing time constraints can pose difficulties but becomes easier with experience
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4 out of 5Mar 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged Care
The good things
Working in your scope of practice you can contribute to but don't have to formulate care plans etc. so your not ultimately responsible. You get the "hands on" knowledge better than an RN as you are "...
The challenges
Management can increase your medication and wound care workload to enable "the RN" to complete documentation, care planning, doctors round etc.etc.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert IV
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Day surgery
The good things
The great thing about being an Enrolled Nurse is you can work in a diverse working environment, providing nursing care to patients in a variety of health, aged care, and community settings under the s...
The challenges
The challenges faced as an Enrolled nurse is dealing with very sick patients and being the core person dealing with families who are worried and frustrated. As a nurse you need to be there to listen a...
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Enrolled nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Deep personal satisfaction that u can make peoples days beautiful
The challenges
You have to have your medication endorsement
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Healthcare-dementia
The good things
The best part of my job is when I know I am making a difference in not just the patient's life but also their families...that special thank you I get in the middle of a stresfull day or my staff thank...
The challenges
In my current role I dont have to face a lot of challenges...but just the idea of having to come to work brightens my day,knowing the patients depend on me and I make a difference im their lives.
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4 out of 5Mar 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
As I work for a Agency I have learnt and practice many new skills that I would of not been given if I had stayed in Aged care
The challenges
Being able to go to any site aged care disability or community and be fulfilled to know I've made a difference in other people's lives and there family
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Mental health
The good things
giving back to those who are vulnerable
The challenges
Need to learn detachment..and have compassion
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Satisfaction in knowing I help the vulnerable older members of the community whom have a wealth of life experience to share with you if you only take the time to listen
The challenges
It can be challenging dealing with patient's behavioural issues but when you understand and accept the behavior of concern presents itself when a need is unmet, the solution is more attainable
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
diploma in nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
medical and surgical
The good things
good opportunity for career development
The challenges
time management
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
enrolled nurse with diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
call centre
The good things
choosing to be a enrolled nurse has become very different from my time .In the seventies I lived in the nursing home. The matron was my mentor and mother figure. Training was very controlled. I love...
The challenges
the challenges in 2018 are mostly lack of support from peers.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
the feeling of paying back for your life. To know that you can help people when the need it the most
The challenges
Government cut backs causes a heavier than should work load
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Haematology/Oncology
The good things
High rate of job satisfaction but not for the faint hearted. It’s hard work but very rewarding. Working with and caring for such diversity is interesting
The challenges
Definitely missing out on family and friends occasions due to shift work. Unfortunately it’s a 24/7 job.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
Working as a nurse, you have the ability to change some ones life, to improve their mental and touch their hearts, I have worked in Surgical, General, Rehab, Palliative & Mental Health and they all h...
The challenges
Bullying still exists in the industry, so that can be hard to adjust to, the trick is to document everything. Aggression exists from patients as well, learning self defence is a good way to be more se...
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2 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing (Div 2)
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Surgical
The good things
I get to help people at a time in their life when they are vulnerable and in need of good nursing care.
The challenges
Rosters tend not to be family friendly and there is no flexibility when it comes to external committments most times. Patient to nurse ratios can be quite demanding and mean not getting a break on any...
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing. EEN
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
I love my job aged care is si rewarding
The challenges
Dementia is a challenge and trying to get into to palliative care and hospital are very hard and thry wont give you a go as always wanting experience but that cant happen if u cant get a go to start w...
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Satisfying to know that you have helped someone feel better and recover from their sickness.
The challenges
Don't like moving from ward to ward on a daily basis.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma enrolled nurse
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Helping others. The look that you get when you help someone who’s not feel and they get better.
The challenges
Time management
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert IV endorses enrolled nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Child and family health.
The good things
Nursing opens up a world of opportunities. There are so many different departments and specialities.
The challenges
Constantly staying up to date with new procedures and policies. Working within a large team to achieve the best outcome.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Well being a new graduate nurse the first couple months were hard i felt out of my depth but woulsnt change it for the world....i love being able to care for the people that cant care for themselfs......
The challenges
Dealing with people with deminta at times
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Very satisfying job, being able to help others in need and meeting some amazing people along the way.
The challenges
As a graduate nurse you are faced with some very challenging moments and you can feel lost a lot and question yourself constantly with the choice you made to be a nurse but along comes someone and sup...
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Support worker for the older adult living at home
The good things
Able to work the hours that suit you,and fit in with yr family life
The challenges
Working alone. Making decisions for each client as needed. Dementia care
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
surgical
The good things
as EEN you don't have the admin stuff to do as the RN's do, you can get on with nursing.
The challenges
some senior nurses still don't like EEN but they get over it eventually.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Disability
The good things
I love my job. It is very fulfilling
The challenges
Being fit helps
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5 out of 5Mar 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Psych Enrolled Nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Acute care and Mental Health
The good things
There needs to good nurses, ones who know what to do most of the time or when to get help. You can make people get better health, save lives and help people rest in peace. It is an honour to look afte...
The challenges
You good against the way of 9 to 5 workers therefore have a lifestyle that suits the beach and other things. See the last comment.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
General practice
The good things
So many different roles you can do every day whether it’s home care, wound care or wholistic care when you’re doing care plans.
The challenges
Being an enrolled nurse can have some restrictions
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
My work environment is happy. Many of my colleagues work part time. So they have a happy home/work balance. The full time workers have the beauty of requesting days/shifts that they are available ...
The challenges
I honestly don’t have any challenges. My place of work is where I choose. I wouldn’t work in that environment if I wasn’t completely happy.
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2 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Community - contractor
The good things
Working with people and the sense of satisfaction when you help them
The challenges
Very under paid, not alot of potential for work unless you're happy to work for agencies in hospital and aged care settings. Lots of room for error often signed off for compentencies when not comforta...
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Surgical
The good things
The best part about being a nurse is being in a position to help and guide others. Plus there's a strong sense of job security with an aging population and the prevalence of so many chronic conditio...
The challenges
My advice to anyone undertaking this career is to choose your pathway in advance ~ as it's particularly hard to go from aged care into acute for instance. Most hospitals want either fresh out of place...
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Women and children's clinics
The good things
Tough job at times, dealing with people when they're at their most vunerable, but that also gives you the opportunity to really make a positive impact on people's lives
The challenges
Shift work can be challenging, but can also mean that you can at times roster to suit personal life committments.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma enrolled nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental health casual
The good things
My most satisfying position was in oncology and palliative care. A rewarding and special position. Being able to assist people in a transition in their life.
The challenges
Challenges. Getting too attached to patients. Trying to make people laugh at themselves and myself in difficult times. I took a note from the clown Dr. And did ridiculous things to make people laugh.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV Health (Nursing)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Pre-admission, Div of Surgery
The good things
Variety and the knowledge that my skills as an EEN help families in their most difficult times.
The challenges
The challenges come from something nobody can predict. Cancelled surgeries, no hospital beds, no ICU beds.
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4 out of 5Mar 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (Division 2)
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
If you're passionate about helping people when they're at their most vulnerable, then nursing could be for you.Although it is a hard job and at times challenging, by the same token, it is one of the m...
The challenges
Nursing is a very hard job and you need to be mentally and emotionally competent to be able to deal with a person when they're at their most vulnerable.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
advanced diploma enrolled nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
pathology
The good things
there is a great variety of work available. you just have to go find it and push yourself. keep educating yourself to oprn more doors. as an en...there is much patient contact which is the most amazin...
The challenges
you can b challenged by the hours and the sadness of some situations. i choose to learn and grow through these situations which means some amazing revelations about ur patients and yourself.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Day surgery
The good things
High job satisfaction
The challenges
Long and varied hours
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Enrolled Nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
As an Enrolled Nurse you can work along side Registered Nurses and caregivers having responsibilities that challenge you as well as having close contact with patients and families within your scope of...
The challenges
It is not always easy to find employment as many organisations are geared to employing Registered Nurses or Healthcare Assistants. There are others who value the experience and qualifications of an En...
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2 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Helping others
The challenges
So tired at the end of the day
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered Community Nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Endoscopy
The good things
I would only encourage this field of nursing if it was a diverse employment role and not pertaining to JUST elderly care etc. My training was more diverse; so I work in the private sector and remunera...
The challenges
Learning skills and updating education is a must ; also inability to move up the ranks
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert iv
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Great opportunity for those who do not have family commitments.
The challenges
Difficult finding child care that operates with the flexibility needed for rotating rosters
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Enrolled Nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Being able to care for people in all stages of their lives and circumstances is very rewarding.
The challenges
Shift work is always a challenge to fit into yoir life/work balance
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Surgical
The good things
The satisfaction of making someones day better
The challenges
Nurse to patient ratio. Not always able to give as much time
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
General medical
The good things
I'm overwhelmed by the fantastic support and encouragement given to all staff no matter what level of experience or skills I personally not only receive but see given to my colleagues.
The challenges
Patients to nurse ratio is sometimes frustrating. Time restraints to achieve all desired & expected tasks.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Enrolled Nurse
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Cardiology
The good things
The academic side of nursing is interesting but the practical placements are often far too short. It is essential to get a graduate placement to experience the "finishing touches" of the profession. ...
The challenges
Multi-tasking, communication and empathy I would say are the three most necessary ingredients for nursing. You have to be able to handle stress very well and still show a smiling face to the patient.
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5 out of 5Mar 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Enrolled General Nurse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Paediatric Disability
The good things
Excellent job satisfaction. Plenty of different career directions. Knowing you are making a positive impact on people.
The challenges
Not always a good outcome which is challenging to cope with. You see people at their worst and this means they can be difficult to deal with not appreciative of what you do. Huge responsibility to do ...
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Gastroenterology
The good things
Loving my career change. Best thing I ever did.
The challenges
take in knowledge from different people cause there are more than one way to do things
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
You get a great satisfaction in knowing that you have touched someone life in helping them through a difficult time in their life
The challenges
As a Community Health Nurse you are working on your own so therefore you do not have other work colleagues to get immediate feedback if you come across a difficult situation.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental health
The good things
It is a rewarding and challenging career with great flexibility to what shifts work for you and your lifestyle
The challenges
Shift work is hard but if worked well, can be great particularly with kids.. the job can be draining and often not a thanked job, but rewarding to see people improve because of the help you provide
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
ENAP
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Surgical
The good things
Different hospital have better career advancement for enrolled nurses QLD is very behind other states
The challenges
I would encourage them to complete their rn training instead
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Any
The good things
Satisfaction
The challenges
Be patient and understanding
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Everyday brings something new. I wouldn't do anything else & I wish I'd started my nursing career earlier. It it's cliché but nursing is so rewarding for me.
The challenges
Letting go of self doubt when you begin is the hardest part.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate lV
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Residential aged care
The good things
Vey fulfilling and inspiring giving care to elderly people.
The challenges
When you deluver and met the care that the residents need.
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
The enjoyment to see the patient or resident feeling better it’s can be hard work but very rewarding
The challenges
Listen and learn from your supervisor and do different things to improve your knowledge
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced diploma
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Wounds
The good things
If you work in aged care you will have a huge variety of different experiences every day. You can be expected to give medications, assess wounds, provide emergency medical care and provide support to ...
The challenges
Management all the way. If you have management that are keen on making a name for themselves and to cut costs then the job will be awful.
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2 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Community
The good things
I started with the best of intentions and try my best every day to get good outcomes for patients in my care. Unfortunately the current health care climate is such that ENs are being replaced and cut ...
The challenges
Time management and a diligent attention to detail will progress your clinical skills and assessment skills.
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of nursing
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Giving back to the community...there is no better feeling :)
The challenges
shift work, poor work life balance, never get out on time and don't get overtime.
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