Healthcare & Medical

Nurse (Enrolled)

Enrolled nurses provide all types of nursing care, working under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Nurse (Enrolled) do?

Enrolled nurses provide all types of nursing care, working under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.


Work activities

As an enrolled nurse, you would:

  • observe, measure and record patients’ conditions including temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
  • report changes in patients’ condition to doctors
  • assist with bathing, showering, dressing and bed making to ensure patients’ hygiene and comfort
  • assist patients at mealtimes when required
  • support patients during rehabilitation with exercises and programs
  • assist in first aid and emergency situations
  • help educate patients on health and lifestyle issues
  • help maintain a safe environment and help minimise injuries.

Key skills and interests

To become an enrolled nurse, you would need:

  • the ability to communicate with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures
  • tolerance, patience and tact
  • the ability to follow instructions precisely
  • multi-tasking skills
  • good teamwork skills
  • a calm and reassuring disposition
  • to be able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Enrolled nurses may be required to work shifts involving nights, weekends and public holidays. Part-time and contract work should be readily available.


Enrolled nurses work in hospitals, medical centres, home healthcare services, aged care facilities and other healthcare settings. They might also work in correctional facilities, educational institutions, or in the armed forces.


How to become an Nurse (Enrolled)?

Entry Level Education

To become an enrolled nurse, you need to complete an 18 month or 2 year VET qualification to achieve a Diploma in Enrolled Nursing.

Before undertaking clinical placements, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and relevant immunisations.

It is a legal requirement for graduates to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia before practising as an enrolled nurse in any state or territory of Australia.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of nursing practitioners is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

There is increasing demand for healthcare services because of growing affluence, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and the large, aging baby-boom population. This will result in increased opportunities for nurses across all specialties.


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