Changes to NSW Health Enrolled Nurse Scholarship

NSW Health is changing the way it supports enrolled nurses entering the workforce. This is due to the introduction of fee free training by the Australian Government in 2023. NSW Health scholarships to support the Diploma of Nursing are no longer required. For more information about study support please visit the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Fee-Free TAFE.

NSW Health will continue to support graduate ENs to transition into their role through supportive onboarding and transition programs. Our Local Health districts work closely with Diploma of Nursing training providers to support the education and recruitment of enrolled nurses.

If you would like more information please email the Nursing and Midwifery Office at:

If you are a previous scholarship recipient

If you are a previous Enrolled Nurse Scholarship recipient, please visit Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) scholarship - payment process.

Last updated: 09 August 2023

Explore the interesting and rewarding role of the enrolled nurse.

Enrolled nurses (ENs) work as part of a skilled team of professionals providing compassionate care for patients and consumers.

Enrolled nursing is meaningful, interesting and rewarding. Every day brings new opportunities to make a real difference for patients and their experience of healthcare.

The role of enrolled nurses

ENs practice under the direction of a registered nurse (RN). As an EN, you’ll assist, protect and promote the health of people under your care including providing physical and emotional care, monitoring patient care, administering medication, maintaining infection prevention and control, performing clinical assessments and contributing to care planning.

ENs can work in a range of different clinical specialties including medical, surgical, mental health, paediatrics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, oncology, operating theatres, rural and remote, emergency, ambulatory care and community health care settings..

Start your nursing career as an EN 

To become an EN you’ll need to complete a Diploma of Nursing and then gain registration. The diploma takes 18-24 months and is offered by various registered training organisations, including TAFE NSW. Registration to practice as an EN is by application to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Rural and regional nursing Careers as an enrolled nurse Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Mental health nursing

Develop your EN career 

Graduate ENs can apply for a transition program offered by various health services. Transition programs include structured support and facilitated skill development for graduate nurses.

ENs have access to a range of education and development opportunities provided by their place of work. 

The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) offers a range of education, training and professional development opportunities for all nurses, at all career stages.

ENs working in mental health and in rural areas can access specific career resources to support and fast-track clinical expertise.

Development and education are also available through the Australian College of Nursing and other providers.

An EN can become a registered nurse (RN) with the completion of a Bachelor of Nursing. Many universities offer a Bachelor of Nursing to ENs, recognising previous learning and experience.

Where can I find more information?

For more information on the types of employment opportunities available for enrolled nurses in the NSW public health system, you can visit Careers in NSW Health.

Become an enrolled nurse and see the difference you make, every day.​​​

Current as at: Wednesday 9 August 2023
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