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What is an Enrolled Nurse?

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.

Enrolled nurses may perform the following tasks:

  • assist with initial and ongoing health assessments and the maintenance of patients’ health
  • observe, measure and record patients’ conditions (their temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, for example)
  • report changes in patients’ conditions
  • attend to patients’ hygiene and comfort by assisting with bathing, showering, dressing and bed-making
  • assist patients with meals when required
  • assist patients with rehabilitation exercises and programmes
  • 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.

Enrolled nurses may be required to work shifts involving nights, weekends and public holidays.

Personal Requirements:

  • 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.
Reinvent Your Career would like to thank the Department of Education and Training where this article first appeared.

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