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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).

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.
Depending on the nature of the work, ENs may be either directly or indirectly supervised. ENs provide nursing support to patients in a variety of health, aged care, welfare and community settings.

What can I earn as an Enrolled Nurse?

The most common salary  for an Enrolled Nurse is between $55k and $65k
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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 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).

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Find out where you can complete a Diploma of Nursing HLT54115, and what study options are available.

Duration 18 mths - 3 yrs
25 institutions offering this qualification
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Working with children check
  • Administration
  • Judgement & decision making
  • Computer skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • People management
  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • Time management
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How do Enrolled Nurses rate their role?

Latest reviews from 54 Enrolled Nurses surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

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.
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
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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
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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What are the job opportunities for Enrolled Nurses?

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Job opportunities

Enrolled Nurse jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
7.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses
Latest Enrolled Nurse jobs on SEEK
Seaford Central Medical Clinic
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Casual Enrolled Div 2 Nurse required for small general practice. approx: 3 days per week.
Healthscope
Sydney > North Shore & Northern Beaches
Opportunity to join Mental Health Services and work in a supportive team environment with a focus on excellent patient-centred care
Healthscope
Sydney
Supportive team environment; Employee benefits; Current unconditional registration with AHPRA
Healthcare Australia WA
Perth
Agency EN's & RN's for various shifts across Perth required.
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