enrolled nursing

  1. Hi

    Well as I didnt get into Uni last year to study to become an RN. I have decided to probably take the path of becoming an enrolled nurse through a private organisation.
    I hope that maybe once I have this I will continue on to further study to become an RN depending on how much I like it etc.
    I am trying to find current rates of pay for Enrolled Nurses in SA can anyone help me out. I have found some information but its all a few years dated.

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  3. by   gwenith
    Go to the Australian Nursing Federation website they should have the information you need.
  4. by   joannep
    Good luck with your studies and hopefully you may be motivated to study through to div 1. I have interviewed and employed many nurses, and those who have been div 2 and studied through to div 1 are under no disadvantage at all, in fact your extra experience is valued.
  5. by   nomi

    thanks for the replies.
    I am motivated to become an RN the problem was I didnt get into the course so now I find i have to do an alternative pathway which is frustrating but I guess it will get me there in the end.
    In SA last year there were over 1400 applicants and only 200 places available for bachelor of nursing!
    makes it very hard to get into the course
    As for the ANF website I cant access any of the wage information there unless I am a member or I wish to pay $220 for a wage newsletter they have.
    So if anyone has another resource I could try for the pay rates - I am just looking for a reasonable estimate.
  6. by   gwenith
    here is an ad from queensland - the sa salary and conditions should be in the same ballpark

    [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]queensland health

    [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]a career with queensland health offers exceptional opportunities for personal and professional advancement within a wide range of nursing disciplines and in all parts of the state.

    [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]enrolled nurses

    [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]neurosciences unit, ward 2c, division of surgery, princess alexandra hospital, princess alexandra hospital health service district.

    salary between $24 755 - $35 080 p.a. (f/t) or salary rates: $12.48 - $17.69 p.h. (p/t) (en) (two full time or part time positions available, hours negotiable.) vrn: pah183-04. (applications will remain current for six months)

    duties/abilities: the successful applicants will assist and provide support to the registered nurse and to provide care to patients.

    enquiries: sue day (07) 3240 2137.
    application kit:
    (07) 3404 9775

    closing date: 5.00 p.m. monday, 12 july 2004.

    to download a copy of the position description click here.

    to download a copy of the application kit click here.

    queensland health's commitment to on-going training and education generally includes:
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]promotional/transfer opportunities
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]remote area allowances
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]generous employer superannuation (up to 12.75%)
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]training and skills development
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]paid study leave contributions
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]job security
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]cumulative sick leave
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]17.5% annual leave loading (where applicable)
    • [color=#000][font=arial, helvetica, sans serif]salary sacrificing opportunities
    applications must address the selection criteria set out in the application kit and include a resume or curriculum vitae.
  7. by   nomi

    thanks for the info
  8. by   AussieAIN
    Don't forget with some uni you can do a bridging course so you can go in second year instead of first. The bridging course for Wollongong is only ten weeks.

  9. by   Will'smum
    Nomi, there is nothing wrong with being an En. You might say that we are the backbone of nursing !!! especially where I used to work
    I am only just doing my conversion to RN after working as an EN for 10 years. I have loved just about every minute of my career so far. Goodluck with your study.
    And if you do decide to go on and do your RN, look into the Charles Darwin University in Darwin. You can do just about the whole course externally at your own pace.
  10. by   nomi

    Thanks everyone for your replies re enrolled nursing. Believe me I would love to be an EN and never meant to sound as though it wouldnt be great cause it would.
    Last year i only enrolled for the external course at Unisa and missed out so this year I am going to enrol for all courses internal as well so i hopefully should get in. I have seen that charles darwin also does external nursing and will definitely be applying if anyone has any info or experience on how easy this is to due from another state please let me know.

    As for the En course it would appear this is harder to get into than the RN course. It seems that with the amount of applicants etc i really need to have a certificate 3 in a related field ie, aged care / community services etc
    Has anyone gone down this road?

    My plan is to try to get into uni if that doesnt work then i am going to apply for probably mid year entry to tafe for the enrolled nursing course.

    Any and all advice would be appreciated i am so confused and wish i could see into the future ! then i would know which path to take or even if i will be accepted.

    BTW is the bridgring program for conversion from EN to RN only available in NSW - i didnt think it was available in SA

    Thanks and sorry for the long post
  11. by   Will'smum
    I'm currently doing the conversion thru CDU. I live in Perth and the only contact I have with uni is over the phone or online. It can be hard at times but if you have a strong will and will commit to doing the required study you'll get thru. Check out the uni website for more details on what the course offers.
  12. by   nomi
    Quote from Will'smum
    I'm currently doing the conversion thru CDU. I live in Perth and the only contact I have with uni is over the phone or online. It can be hard at times but if you have a strong will and will commit to doing the required study you'll get thru. Check out the uni website for more details on what the course offers.

    Thanks for the info ! great to hear from someone who is actually doing it. They actually offer an entry level degree for RN externally too so I am going to apply for that as well.
    Good luck with your studies.
  13. by   lorraine anne

    Hi Nomi, I'm Lorraine from Geelong Vic. Have you thought about Distance Education? It's a bit longer than internal uni. regarding pay rates, as a Div2 in vic, at year 4 level pay is around $17.50/hr I have a funny suspicion that SA rates are a little less, could be wrong, I'm an ANF member I'll see what I can find out
  14. by   nomi
    Hi Lorraine

    I would gladly to distance education - it was actually more competitive than the internal course here in SA.
    If I could find any couse enrolled or uni course externally that i could get into i would be very happy
    I heard of a lot of EN's who tried to get into the RN course and also failed - i think the problem is the govt needs to open up more places. Its frustrating when you keep hearing that there is a nursing shortage - yet the problem is more the lack of places available than ppl interested.

    As far as i know the only external courses for entry level RN are uni sa & charles darwin.