Subject focus: Nursing courses in Australia

  • Study to become an enrolled nurse at colleges in Australia. Photo credit: Holmesglen InstituteStudy to become an enrolled nurse at colleges in Australia. Photo credit: Holmesglen Institute

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled /Division 2 Nursing) at TAFE Western Australia

Nurses are highly skilled healthcare professionals who combine the art of caring with scientific knowledge and skills. Nurses provide care in hospitals, homes, work places and the community making a real difference to their patients. A nurse provides help to people across a wide range of health areas that include assisting them to recover from acute illnesses and injury, regaining their independence, adjusting to chronic conditions and staying healthy. Nursing offers diversity, challenge and opportunities to work in interesting fields such as private or public hospitals, nursing homes, GP clinics, immunisation clinics, schools, cruise ships, prisons, community health clinics.

The Diploma of Nursing will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to assist in the provision of preventative, curative and rehabilitative nursing.  You will also learn about anatomy and physiology, infection control, nursing care of the client, legal and ethical parameters of nursing practice and promote positive health. You will develop an understanding of health issues of Indigenous Australians and contribute to the nutritional and mental health care of the client.  During the diploma you will complete three supervised clinical placement in hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare agencies.

Whilst Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, their role is expanding to include new contexts and responsibilities. Enrolled Nurses are accountable for the care they give and duties may include: personal hygiene care for patients, monitoring a patient’s vital signs, complex wound dressings, administration of medications, admission and discharge of patients, assisting in theatre, special care and renal units, reporting, documentation and assisting the doctor in medical procedures.

Upon completion of this course you will have the skills required to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse. You need to register with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency (AHPRA) however you will be required to have an IELTS score of 7.0, with no band lower than 7.0 to register with this agency. If you wish to continue to university to study Registered Nursing this is possible with our partner universities where you will receive credit for your TAFEWA studies.

UK student Gemma Hart was awarded International Student of the Year for her dedication to becoming a nurse.  “After buying a house and having bills to pay, I found myself stuck in a boring desk job for much longer than I ever intended,” said Gemma. “As my grandmother was a District Nurse in the UK, I have always wanted to follow in her footsteps but I just wasn’t able to. It was coming to Australia and enrolling in a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled /Division 2 Nursing) that gave me the opportunity to finally pursue my dream career.”  Since graduating Gemma has been sponsored by a health care provider where she now works as an Enrolled Nurse.  Gemma plans to study a Bachelor of Nursing at University which will bring her a step closer to reaching her ultimate goal to become a neonatal nurse. 

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