How to Become an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
Nursing is a rewarding and sought after career path. In Australia, there are over 250,000 registered nurses and over 50,000 endorsed enrolled nurses. An endorsed enrolled nurse works as part of an interdisciplinary health care team to provide care and nursing services to patients. An endorsed enrolled nurse is often managed by a registered nurse.
Duties and specialities
An endorsed enrolled nurse has a range of duties. As part of the health care team, they look after the physical and mental well being of the patient and may also administer medications.
Where do endorsed enrolled nurses work?
Endorsed enrolled nurses work in a variety of locations including: hospitals, outpatient facilities, general practice, aged care facilities and in patient’s homes.
An endorsed enrolled nurse needs a variety of key attributes and qualities. These include:
- Being resilient;
- Being able to work as a member of a team;
- Strong empathy and interpersonal skills;
- Strong communication skill;
- Ability to follow a set procedure;
If you are thinking about a career as an endorsed enrolled nurse, then you should consider the following:
In order to be an endorsed enrolled nurse, you must complete a diploma of nursing (at a minimum). Completing the diploma course can take between 18 months and two years. RTOs offer a range of teaching modes including face-to-face, online and blended teaching. As part of the training, students will need to undergo, and pass, a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement.
Under the “Smart and Skilled” program, there are a number of options available to Australian students including: full fee-paying and government-supported placements.
To be registered as an endorsed enrolled nurse, you must apply for registration through the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). Registration is renewed annually.
4. Further career opportunities
If you wish to further your career, you may consider completing a bachelor degree and becoming a registered nurse. Other career development opportunities include gaining a certification as a home-care worker.
5. Additional information
An endorsed enrolled nurse may also be required to hold the following certifications:
* AHPRA scheduled medicine endorsement