About the Course
This course provides the skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse under the supervision of the registered nurse in a variety of settings including acute, aged care, community, rehabilitation and mental health. It will provide the theoretical and practical skills to:
- relate the concepts of the person, environment and health to the safe and effective practice of nursing
- participate in a multidisciplinary team to assist the individual to meet their needs
- practise in a safe and culturally competent manner to meet the physical, psychosocial, emotional and mental health needs of individuals
- practice within the nursing professional standards, codes of practice and state legislation
- develop, monitor and maintain a holistic plan of care in collaboration with the RN, multidisciplinary team
- demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills in a variety of healthcare settings
- participate in professional development of self
- practise within safety standards and quality improvement guidelines
- engage in reflective practice, nursing research and critically analyse and apply evidence based practice to nursing care
To complete the Diploma of Nursing students are required to successfully complete all units and complete a minimum of 400hrs of unpaid professional experience to meet the assessment requirements of the units. On completion of HLT54115 qualification students are eligible to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (http://www.ahpra.gov.au).
ENROLLING IN FIRST AID UNITS OF COMPETENCY
If you are enrolling in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for at least 2 minutes on the floor. If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.
NSW Skills List
This qualification is on the NSW Skills List. The NSW Government will subsidise eligible students to undertake this qualification. For more information see Smart and Skilled
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Certificate III
English language requirements for course entry
You must demonstrate your English language competency in one of the following ways:
1. If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
2. Completion of four (4) years of secondary, vocational or tertiary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries above.
NOTE: the English language requirements includes that your Diploma of Nursing must be a minimum of one (1) year full time equivalent pre-registration program of study otherwise English language testing is an additional requirement.
3. English Language achievement in AHPRA approved tests including: (Please note that the results can be collected across two (2) tests within a six (6) month period)
- Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a minimum score overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the 4 components - listening, reading, writing and speaking from one test sitting.
- Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
- PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the 4 components in one sitting
- TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 94 with reading at a minimum of 24, listening a minimum of 24, speaking at a minimum of 23 and writing at a minimum of 27
- Other English language tests approved by the Board from time to time.
With supervised professional experience, you will reinforce the theory and skills learned in class while gaining real-world experience in a healthcare environment. Prior to undertaking professional experience you must be prepared to:
1. NSW HEALTH
Before you commence any professional experience in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
- Meet NSW Health's - Criminal Record Check requirements;
- Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
- Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
For specific information regarding NSW Health's requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:
2. AGED CARE WORK
Before you undertake any professional experience in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check. Visit:
3. COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES
Anyone in child-related work (including student professional experience and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:
4. STUDENT READINESS FOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Professional experience will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm
International Criminal Record Check
For professional registration an International Criminal Record Check (ICRC) may be required in some circumstances. For more information visit: www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Criminal-history-checks/International-Criminal
Credit for Prior Learning
If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. To find out more about applying for credit follow this link
This web page also provides information on how to use your existing TAFE NSW qualifications to undertake a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (e.g. Cert II to Cert III, Cert III to Cert IV, Cert IV to Diploma, etc.)
TAFE to University
Students who successfully complete this program may articulate into undergraduate pre-registration nursing degree programs at university as per existing agreements
Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications. To find out more about the pathways to higher education please follow this link
Enrolled nurses can work in general or specialised health care facilities including acute (hospital), care, medical centres, community, mental health, rural and remote, aged care and palliative care.
Recognition of Prior Learning
TAFE Western Connect - Choose how or where you study:
On Campus - Study at a TAFE campus
You may have skills, knowledge, previous training or experience which is relevant to this course. If so, you may wish to have this recognised. This may also reduce your training time. For further information, visit Recognition and RPL
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Where can I study?
Starts in March
Enrolment Code: HLT54115-01V01-19BAT-007
How will I study?
For this campus-based course, you will undertake your learning and assessment in a classroom and clinical laboratory at Bathurst TAFE campus. You will also undertake workplace learning during clinical placement. Students will also be required to complete a clinical placement following each block with a required total of no less than 400 hours. The location of clinical placement is determined by availability of placement and will be allocated by TAFE... A delivery timetable will be provided at the beginning of your course. The program includes activities, which are completed in your own time. There is an expectation that students will complete a minimum of 10 hours per week of self-directed learning and research. Successful completion of the course requires attendance at all face-to-face classes.
A TAFE West teacher or assessor will visit you during clinical placement to observe and to finalise your holistic assessments.
You will be required to complete a clinical placement at the conclusion of each block.
This course will be conducted over four compulsory face to face blocks consisting of 3 days per week ( Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) at the Bathurst campus, Panorama Avenue. The blocks are scheduled over a 18 month period and classes run 9:00am - 5:00pm each day. You will be required to complete 400 hours clinical placement, the placements will be completed between the class blocks and students can expect to be placed for 2- 3 weeks at a time. Work placement can be in facilites in private aged care facilities, private acute care facilities, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Western NSW Local Health District, Hunter New England Local Health District and Far West Local Health District and is arranged by the course coordinator.
Blocks dates are:
Block 1: Wednesday 13th March - Friday 31st May 2019
Block 2: Wednesday 7th August - Friday 11th September 2019
Block 3: Wednesday 20th November 2019 - Friday 21st February 2020
Block 4: 2020 dates to be advised.
This program includes activities which are to be completed in your own time.
When will I study?
Class attendance is Full Time
This course will be conducted over four compulsory face-to-face blocks consisting of 3 days per week (Wednesday Thursday & Friday) at the Bathurst College. These blocks will be scheduled over an 18-month period.
Course length: 21 hours per week for 18 MonthsStart Date: 11 March 2019
End Date: 12 December 2020
What will I pay?
A VET student loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of their course fees. More information will be made available closer to your enrolment.
For this campus-based course, you will undertake your learning and assessment in a classroom and the costs associated with clinical placement including immunisation requirements, criminal record check, travel, accommodation, uniform, appropriate footwear, fob or wristwatch will be the responsibility of the student. Students are also expected to have general equipment for study including notebooks, pens etc.
The amount you pay will depend on your individual circumstances.
TAFE NSW Government-subsidised fee (for eligible students): Up to $4,970.00 (GST free).
The fee that is displayed is the price for a student completing their second qualification and meeting eligibility criteria. The fee you pay may be lower depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a concession or an exemption. In some cases there are limited government subsidised places available.
Please contact your nearest TAFE Western campus or call us on 1300 823 393 for a personal fee assessment and to find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place. If you do not gain a subsidised place you may be able to enrol and pay the non-government subsidised fee.
A payment must be made towards your course fee (if applicable) at the time you enrol or your place in the class will not be confirmed and you will not be able to access any of your learning resources.
Study Now, Pay Later
VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme, which ceased on 31 December 2016. The new student loans program gives eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.
More information on VET Student Loans can be found at https://www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans including: eligibility, loan caps, eligible courses, repayment options.
Who can I talk to?
Please contact the TAFE West Region Hotline on 131601.