This programme is changing in 2017 to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), which is currently subject to NZQA approval. Please check back soon for updated programme content.
The New Zealand Diploma of Enrolled Nursing is an 18 month full time programme, approved by Nursing Council of New Zealand, which prepares students to become an Enrolled Nurse. The Diploma is a combination of theory (classroom based sessions at the Whitireia Porirua campus) and supported clinical experience (practical/hands-on work, which is completed in a variety of community and hospital settings).
Enrolled Nurses assist registered nurses to deliver nursing care to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings. Enrolled Nurses contribute to nursing assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation, but the registered nurse remains responsible overall.
The Enrolled Nurse performs delegated interventions from the nursing care plan to:
- Provide care and comfort for individuals and groups
- Assist and support clients with activities of daily living
- Observe and report changes in individual/group conditions and behaviours
- Safeguard dignity and promote independence
Students who successfully complete the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are required to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand State Final Examinations. When these examinations are passed, the student applies to Nursing Council for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.
The Diploma in Enrolled Nursing is taught over 18 months. Students who successfully complete Part A (full year) can then enrol in Part B (half year).
The first year of the programme provides the foundational knowledge and skills required to enable students to work as part of the health care team with clients/patients/residents in a range of hospital and community settings.
In the second year, students enrol for six months and work towards being prepared to work effectively, efficiently and safely within a variety of broad practice areas including hospitals and community settings.
- NCEA Level 2, which must include 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics
Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience.
Additional Entry Requirements
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English Language Skills. IELTS 6.5 Academic in all bands, or equivalent is required.
If you do not meet any of the entry criteria, you may be directed to a
Foundation programme to assist you in meeting the academic entry
Attend an interview to determine the applicant’s preparedness for study and ability to meet the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (if applicable), as well as any registration board requirements, in terms of being fit for registration. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:
*Safety Check: with the introduction of the Vulnerable Children’s Act (2014), all vocational trainees i.e. nursing, paramedic and social work students, who may work with children during the course of their study, must be safety checked. Safety checking includes: reference checking, work history, identity check, police vet and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children.
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Understanding of, and capability to, work in the professional health and social services sector
- Commitment and motivation to succeed
Suitability will also be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health screening, safety check* and referee reports.
Updated July 2016