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Enrolled Nurse

As a nurse, you’ll work directly with patients, providing daily medical care and treatment.

Help people achieve their best state of health

Care for patients in hospitals, aged care, and other health care environments, and help bring people back to their optimum level of health as an Enrolled Nurse. You’ll engage in hands-on treatment practices, and provide daily health and wellbeing therapies for your patients. Whether you choose to work in a hospital or in-patient environment, in aged care, or in the community, you will have an important and tangible impact on the quality of life of the people you care for.

A day in the life of an Enrolled Nurse

Find out what our Enrolled Nurse graduates have to say about their careers.

Key stats

Enrolled Nurses are in high demand by employers, and enjoy flexible working conditions including shift work and part-time options. Here are some key facts and figures about this career path:

  • $1,426

    Average weekly salary

  • 42 hrs

    Average hours worked per week

  • 46 yrs

    Average age of people in this career

  • Multi-region

    Jobs available in metro and rural areas

  • ~34,000

    People employed in this industry

  • 43%

    Of employees are full time

  • Low

    Unemployment for this industry

  • High

    Skill level required for this career

Stats as of December 2021, not including any impacts of COVID-19. Sources:;

Core skills of an Enrolled Nurse

Working as an Enrolled Nurse, you’ll have specialised skills in patient care and medical therapies. Some of the core skills of Enrolled Nurses include:

Assessing patient health

Using accepted nursing standards to determine and assess patient health, and plan appropriate medical interventions and treatments.

Providing select healthcare therapies

Implementing nursing care plans, treatments, and therapies, and monitoring patient responses.

Providing health education

Promoting best-practice health advice and educating patients about preventative healthcare measures.

Working in a multidisciplinary team

Working with Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals to coordinate patient care.

Start here

Diploma of Nursing

Blended learning

Employment as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 1)

You may choose to complete further study at TAFE through the Advanced Diploma of Nursing, or continue your studies at university to become a Registered Nurse (Division 2).

For more information about studying to become an Enrolled Nurse, get in touch with one of our Course Coordinators. They'll help you understand your study options and match the right course with your goals.

Why choose GOTAFE?

State-of-the-art training equipment

Our nursing labs feature industry-leasing equipment that help you develop all the skills you’ll need in the workforce.

Join Australia’s 5th largest industry

Approximately 8% of Australia’s workforce are employed in healthcare, and Nurses account for more than 30% of job ads in the industry.

Strong industry connections

We work closely with the local healthcare industry to make sure you’re learning the skills employers most need.

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