Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next recruitment for the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program?

Information regarding the recruitment process can be found in the 'Application Process' section of the website.

How many intakes are there each year?

Program intake dates vary each year and are dependent on organisational need. However intake usually occur in February and August of each year

How many Enrolled Nurse positions are offered?

This can vary each year and with each intake, and is in accordance to organisational need.

Are you able to do the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program part-time?

Yes, you can work part time. ACT Health is a family friendly organisation and supports work life balance. The minimum number of shifts you must work is 7 per fortnight to complete the program in 1 year.

Do you provide an orientation program as part of the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program?

Yes. The Health Directorate provides a three day orientation program including an Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program introductory workshop.

Do you have supernumerary time during my clinical placements?

Yes, you are allocated supernumerary shifts.

How many clinical rotations are there in the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program?

There are 2 clinical rotations (2 x 6 months). These clinical rotations are selected based on ward availability, organisational need and clinical requests.

What kind of professional development is available as part of the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program?

The program has scheduled fortnightly Clinical Education and Debrief sessions, second monthly EN Professional Development Modules and an annual EN Forum. In addition to these you have free access to continuing education through ward in-services, e-learning and courses through the Staff Development Unit. ENs may also able to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Office scholarship scheme if undertaking postgraduate education.

What clinical support is provided to me during my transitional year?

Clinical Development Nurses (CDNs) work with the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program to provide clinical support, education, feedback and competency assessments related to the . Most clinical areas also have a specialised CDN available to assist staff working in that area.

How do I apply?

The ACT Government Health Directorate invites applications from Enrolled Nurses for its Transition to Practice Program. Jobs will be advertised on the website through the Employment section. Applicants must apply online.

When will the assessment centre take place?

Successful applicants will be notified and invited to participate in a Skills Assessment Centre, which includes a short interview, a group exercise and an individual documentation exercise.

When will I know if I have been offered a position at Canberra Hospital?

After completing the Skills Assessment Centre, successful candidates will be offered a position within four weeks.

When do I submit requests for my clinical rotations for the program?

Requests for clinical placements are submitted after you have accepted your offer of employment from ACT Health. You will be advised of the closing date for these requests by email from the EN Co-ordinator.