Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Qualification Diploma in Enrolled Nursing
Level Level 5

Next intake: February 2014.


18 months full time

Location Invercargill

Course Outline

This 18 month programme prepares students to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an Enrolled Nurse.  Students gain knowledge and skills in nursing, social science, and structure and function of the human body. They will learn skills in simulated learning environments which they then apply on placements in clinical practice.  During the programme students will undertake a range of clinical courses in different health care settings including rehabilitation, acute care and mental health.

Course Content

Part One – Foundation Component

The overall aim of Part One is to provide the foundational knowledge and skills required to enable the student to work as part of the health care team with clients/patients/residents in a range of hospital and community settings.


NURS401     The Discipline of Nursing

NURS402     Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body

NURS403     Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses

NURS404     Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nurses

NURS410     Foundations for Enrolled Nurse Practice


Part Two: Specialty

The aim of Part Two is to incorporate all knowledge gained in Part One and develop new speciality skills around these three specific Acute fields.

NURS510     Enrolled Nurse Practice: Rehabilitation

NURS520     Enrolled Nurse Practice: Acute Care

NURS530      Enrolled Nurse Practice: Mental Health and Addiction

Application Criteria

Applications are encouraged from applicants from diverse backgrounds who are seeking to be employed in health care.



12 credits in NCEA English Level 1, 12 credits in NCEA Mathematics (or Pangarau) Level 1 and 36 credits NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.


Specific Admission criteria


All applicants must:

  • Hold a current first aid certificate.
  • Provide a completed medical declaration and /or evidence of a current health certificate indicating ability to practise safely from a registered health practitioner.
  • Each applicant will be required to submit a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form with their application which will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service if the applicant is accepted into the programme.  This is returned in confidence to the Academic and Relationship Leader.  Information on the New Zealand Vetting Service is available from www.police.govt.nz/service/vetting/guidelines.html
  • Provide two testimonials and/or character references attesting to candidate’s suitability for working in health care.
  • Be prepared to attend an interview if requested by the institution.
  • Provide a confidential report from the institution where a candidate is applying to transfer to another institution.


English Language Requirements

If English is not the first language applicants are also required to provide evidence of achieving IELTS 6.5 Academic English in all bands, or equivalent.


Additional Requirements

All successful applicants must provide relevant evidence of health screening to meet various health authority/institutional requirements.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are able to deliver nursing care and health education across the lifespan of health consumers in a variety of health care settings under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse.  Graduates of this programme (who additionally meet Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements) will be competent to practise as a beginning level Enrolled Nurse in a variety of health care settings under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse.


Graduates will work within the scope of practice of an Enrolled Nurse and be able to:

  • Safely apply knowledge and skills to deliver patient / client care across a range of health care settings.
  • Competently assess health status and perform appropriate interventions in a manner that supports best health outcomes for clients.
  • Establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic, interpersonal relationships.
  • Work collaboratively and communicate in oral, written and electronic mediums relevant to the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Apply professional judgement, accountability and responsibility in ensuring that nursing practice and conduct meets professional, ethical and legal requirements and standards.
  • Practise in a manner that is culturally safe and promotes health, autonomy, self determination and quality of life.
  • Be responsible for own ongoing professional development to maintain competence.


On completion of the programme, graduates are eligible to apply to NCNZ for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed an SIT programme, and be eligible for award of a qualification, they must have:

  • attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme
  • completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments
  • successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 180 credits.


In order to In order to be awarded the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing students must attain the minimum number of prescribed credits as specified in the programme schedule.


(Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours will forfeit zero fees entitlement.)

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