Enrolled nurses, under the direction and supervision of registered nurses, assist with the provision of acute, preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing care in hospitals, aged-care facilities, the community and other healthcare settings.
Personal requirements of a Nurse - Enrolled
- Good communication skills
- Tolerant, patient and tactful when dealing with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures
- Able to follow instructions precisely
- Able to work as part of a team
- Able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job
- Able to solve problems and make decisions
Education & Training for a Nurse - Enrolled
To become an enrolled nurse you usually have to complete a VET qualification in nursing. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Duties & Tasks of a Nurse - Enrolled
Enrolled nurses may perform the following tasks:
- assist with initial and ongoing health assessments and the maintenance of patientsâ€™ health
- observe, measure and record patientsâ€™ conditions (their temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, for example)
- report changes in patientsâ€™ conditions
- attend to patientsâ€™ hygiene and comfort by assisting with bathing, showering, dressing and bed-making
- assist patients with meals when required
- assist patients with rehabilitation exercises and programs
- assist in the care of wounds
- assist in emergency situations
- assist in providing education on health and lifestyle issues
- maintain a safe environment for patients and assist with the prevention of injuries.
Working conditions for a Nurse - Enrolled
Enrolled nurses may be required to work shifts involving nights, weekends and public holidays.
Employment Opportunities for a Nurse - Enrolled
Enrolled nurses may be employed in acute care; general and mental health hospitals; residential aged-care facilities; hostels; extended care facilities; and occasionally in community service settings.