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How to Become an Enrolled Nurse – Career Salaries, Job Stats and Education

How to Become an Enrolled Nurse – Career Salaries, Job Stats and Education

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/ How to Become an Enrolled Nurse – Career Salaries, Job Stats and Education

Looking to become an Enrolled Nurse?

To become an enrolled nurse, you will need to complete up to two years of vocational education training through the study of the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) or equivalent

If building a career that’s meaningful, fills you with a sense of purpose, and provides diverse job opportunities is important to you, there are career choices you can make that will have a profound impact on the lives of people that will need it.

Read on to learn more about how to become an Enrolled Nurse or Nursing Assistant, career information and the Nursing industry.

Enrolled Nurse Salaries

Enrolled Nurses working full time earn around $1426 weekly on an average, which is $74,152 per year. Nurse salaries vary based on location, qualification level, experience and seniority. Earnings grow as experience grows.  

Source: Job Outlook

In what industry can you work as an Enrolled Nurse?

Source: Job Outlook Government website. Based on ABS Census 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06)

Health care and Social assistance is seen as the most prominent industry for employing Enrolled Nurses. Public Administration and Safety and Administrative and Support services also hold a small share of the employment opportunities for Enrolled Nurses.

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016

Employment Outlook for Enrolled Nurses

Enrolled nurse job outlook

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.

Employment prospects for Enrolled Nurses look promising and is growing strongly according to latest data. 

Enrolled Nurse Weekly Work Hours

Less than half work full time (43%) which means there are many options to work part time

Source: *Job Outlook Government website

Enrolled Nurse Age Profile

enrolled nurse ageDue to the nature of the work for gaining industry experience, Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses have a strong appeal amongst young adults and adults, making it an experienced industry, working alongside Registered Nurses and Doctors.

However, the profession does a hold a solid attraction for people across the spectrum of experience, with good representation also amongst age groups either side of the median.

Source: Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average. Estimates have been rounded.

Enrolled Nurse Education Levels

Enrolled nurse education

The most common form of education certification attained by Enrolled Nurses is an Advanced Diploma / Diploma. 

The statistics highlight the fact that gaining a qualification such as a Certificate III/IV , would place you in a good position for gaining employment in this field.

Source: Job Outlook. ABS Census 2016 

Tasks / Duties of an Enrolled nurse 

An Enrolled Nurses duties include observing, recording and measuring vital statistics of patients and also to report on the changes in the condition of patients to doctors. Other duties include providing emotional and physical support to patients and their kin as well as assisting with personal hygiene routines like showering and dressing. 

What Nursing Courses to study to become a Nurse?

A career in the healthcare industries can be hugely rewarding. Get the skills to move into or progress in these industries with these accredited, nationally recognised qualifications.

Diploma of Nursing

The Diploma of Nursing (HLT4115) can take between 12 and 24 months to complete. At Open Colleges, our Diploma of Nursing course has a duration of 18 months.

Offered via a blend of on-campus and online learning the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing is the ideal starting point for South Australia or Western Australia residents looking to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an assistant in nursing or nursing support worker. After completing this course you could work in aged care facilities, hospitals, clinics, private medical practices and home and community care services.

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assistant in nursing work in acute care)

The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assistant in nursing work in acute care) is a nationally recognised qualification and could enable you to find entry-level work as an assistant in nursing or nursing support worker. It has been designed to provide you with an orientation to the health sector and to assist nursing teams in an acute care environment.

Find out more about the Open Colleges School of Health here.

Why Study Nursing through Open Colleges?

The Diploma of Nursing is the only qualification which leads to registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an Enrolled Nurse.

Amongst other things, you'll learn from experienced nurses and clinical specialists onsite at Open Colleges School of Health's state-of-the-art campuses in Adelaide and Perth. You'll also gain hands-on experience with skills lab training and clinical placements.

Some of your learning will be delivered online, so you can study anywhere, anytime. 

Your nurse course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. Upon graduation, you will have a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualification that can boost your chances of employment in the Health industry.

Ready to take the next step towards your career?

Whether your ultimate goal is to build a meaningful career, increase your employment opportunities or acquire a complementary skill set in the Health industry – start on that path today with a Nursing Assistant or Enrolled Nurse course at Open Colleges. 

Need more information on becoming a nurse and nurse careers? Simply fill in your details via the form below to receive a course guide and a consultation with an Enrolment Consultant. 

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