Enrolled Nursing: Draft 1 Consultation Open

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Enrolled Nursing Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to review the skills needs of Enrolled Nurses. This will inform potential changes to current Enrolled Nursing qualifications, Units and an associated skill set to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Enrolled Nursing Industry Reference Committee, has embarked upon a project to review the skills needs of Enrolled Nurses. This will inform potential changes to current Enrolled Nursing qualifications, Units and an associated skill set to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.

Background

Industry has indicated that there are key skills shortfalls in relation to some specialist areas of Enrolled Nursing practice. These shortfalls relate to nursing within both paediatrics gerontology and palliative/end of life care, there are also skills gaps relating to the administration of medication. These skills gaps have been identified in the most recent review of the Enrolled Nursing Training Package Products, and have come about, in part, as a result of changes in health care delivery models and dynamic societal factors, such as the ageing population.

Additional industry concerns relate to inconsistencies in the wording of some individual Units. Further proposed changes have been informed by the first independent review of Australian nursing since 2002, chaired by Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, which led to the December 2019 report, Educating the Nurse of the Future. This, as well as the ongoing work of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the upgrade of professional standards as published by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), has informed the need for a complete industry review of the sector’s Training Package Products.

The Health Training Package must be reflective of the contemporary requirements of industry. Specifically, in this circumstance, the skills required by Enrolled Nurses need to be aligned to exact work roles within health care settings in order to contribute to reducing or eliminating workforce shortages, particularly in regional and rural areas.

This project will update the Enrolled Nursing Training Package Products under the remit of the Enrolled Nursing IRC in response to the Key Drivers for Change findings within the 2019 Enrolled Nursing Industry Skills Forecast.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of key activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals.


Project Governance

This project is being overseen by the Enrolled Nursing IRC. The membership of this committee is as follows:



Project Status – Draft 1

Consultation on Draft 1 started on Monday, 10 February and will close at 5.00 pm on Thursday, 9 April 2020. During this period, input will be sought on the following Training Package Products relating to Enrolled Nursing under the remit of the Enrolled Nursing IRC:

  • Two qualifications
  • One skill set
  • 35 Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements
  • Three new Units of Competency and their associated Assessment Requirements.
  • Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide and provide feedback.

    Consultation Activities: Round 1

    Webinars:
    Date                                           Time
    Tuesday, 18th February         2.00pm – 3.00pm AEDST - closed
    Friday, 21 February                 3.30pm – 4.30pm AEDST - closed
    Friday, 28 February                 11.30am – 12.30pm AEDST - closed
    Friday, 20 March                      2.00pm – 3.00pm AEDST - closed 
    Monday, 23 March                  10.00am – 11.00pm AEDST - closed

    Please click here to access the webinar slides.

    Workshops:
    City                   Date                                        Time
    Canberra          Thursday, 20 February         9.00am -12pm - closed 
    Brisbane           Tuesday, 25 February           9.00am - 12pm - closed
    Adelaide           Wednesday, 26 February     9.00am - 12pm - closed
    Perth                 Thursday, 27 February         9.00am - 12pm - closed
    Sydney              Monday, 2 March                  1.00pm - 4.00pm - closed
    Hobart              Wednesday, 4 March            1.00pm - 4.00pm - closed
    Melbourne       Thursday, 5 March                1.00pm - 4.00pm - closed
    Darwin              Friday, 13 March                     9.00am - 12pm - cancelled due to low enrolments

    Project Timings

    Stages of Training Package Product Development

    Further Information

    For more information, or to discuss, please contact Gary Dunshea at gary.dunshea@skillsiq.com.au or by phone on (02) 9392 8100.