SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Enrolled Nursing Industry Reference Committee, has completed an update of the Enrolled Nursing qualifications, Units and an associated Skill Set to ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs and expectations.
Industry indicated that there were 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 were also skills gaps relating to the administration of medication. These skills gaps were 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 related to inconsistencies in the wording of some individual Units. Further proposed changes were 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), 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 updated 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 undertook a number of key activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals.
This project was overseen by the Enrolled Nursing IRC
. The membership of this committee is as follows:
The AISC considered the proposed training package update at its meeting on the 23rd February 2021.
The new HLT training package products have been loaded to training.gov.au and are awaiting endorsement by the State and Territory Skills Ministers. They will be released on training.gov.au once endorsed.