What does an endorsed enrolled nurse do?
Endorsed enrolled nurses help plan and evaluate patient care in consultation with healthcare teams from multiple medical disciplines. They must maintain detailed and precise patient records and effectively use hospital documentation systems. Core duties include helping patients with daily living such as meals, hygiene and mobility, checking and reporting on conditions including temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, assisting with rehabilitation exercises, and wound care. They must be ready to attend emergency situations as they arise.
- Provide medical care in line with codes of practice
- Advocate on patients’ behalf
- Plan and evaluate patient care as part of a healthcare team
- Supervise trainee nurses
- Assist patients in daily living and monitor their condition
What skills do I need to be an endorsed enrolled nurse?
Endorsed enrolled nurses work with people in various states of ill health, from moderate to acute, so the job requires compassion and a genuine desire to help the sick and injured. As endorsed enrolled nurses come into contact with people from varying nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds, cultural sensitivity is crucial, as is upholding the rights of all patients to have access to the best possible health services. You must be prepared to work long hours on your feet, including nights and weekends.
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Personal responsibility and accountability
- Compassion and empathy
- Discreet and respectful attitude
- Ability to collaborate with others
Nurses can work in a wide variety of medical spaces, and the career options beyond being an endorsed enrolled nurse are diverse. Here are just some of the study pathways available to pursue specialised areas of nursing. By tailoring your study to suit your long-term career goals, you can work in any of these nursing disciplines.
Aged Care Nurse
Remote Area Nurse
Community Health Nurse
Mental Health Nurse
Study pathways for endorsed enrolled nurses
There are opportunities for employment in the nursing industry at every level, from entry-level jobs requiring vocational training to specialised study for those purusing high-level roles within the healthcare system.
These vocational courses will allow you to join the nursing profession in an entry-level role, such as Enrolled Nurse, requiring supervision from senior staff.
Study for career advancement. Qualify as a Registered Nurse or pursue a career specialisation.
These study options will enable you to pursue high-level employment options requiring extensive qualification or specialisation in a particular nursing field.
Nurses in Australia are required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board after completing their professional accreditation. Find out more about the professional requirements of the nursing industry in the Resources section.
Getting a job after graduation
Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your nursing career. Take a look at our sample resume and cover letter and put your best foot forward when you apply for nursing jobs.
Job Prospects and Salaries
With our ageing population, Australia is experiencing a shortage of nursing staff to the point where hospitals often have to employ staff from overseas to fill the gap. Professional opportunities are available at all levels and accredited nurses are highly sought after.