Transition to Practice Program for Enrolled Nurses

The ENTPP aims to provide newly graduated Enrolled Nurses (EN) with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and skills, and develop clinical competence.

The Canberra Health Service Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program (ENTPP) is a well established and highly successful program.

The ENTTPP aims to provide newly graduated Enrolled Nurses (EN) with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and skills, and develop clinical competence.

For those of you interested in applying for the 2022 program please download the 2022 referee template.

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Aims, key components and employee benefits

The Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program aims to:

  • Provide a structured framework to support the EN with transition into the acute care environment
  • Assist the EN to consolidate their professional practice as outlined in the Enrolled Nurses Standards for Practice (NMBA, 2016)
  • Support the EN to develop their skills and knowledge

Key components of the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program:

  • Up to two clinical rotations (2 x 6 months).
  • Diversity of rotations within Canberra Health Services.
  • Graduate intakes vary each year. 
  • Canberra Health Services Orientation, and supernumerary days on the ward.
  • Extensive support network including the ENTPP Clinical Development Nurses (EN CDNs) as well as specialist ward CDNs.
  • Completion of professional development activities for the ENTPP.
  • Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
  • The EN Transition to Practice Program is supported by the Canberra Health Services Operational Procedure: Transition to Practice. Program (TTPP) for Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses.
  • The EN Coordinator is designated to provide leadership and support for the learning and development of all ENs undertaking the program.

Employee benefits of Canberra Health Services:

  • Seven weeks annual leave plus a paid ADO per month for full time employees (on a rotating roster)
  • Salary packaging
  • Employee email account
  • Access to a large comprehensive library with access to biomedical date bases via the internet, available in your home
  • Free secure car parking on campus
  • Access to free continuing education each year such as e-learning courses through the Staff Development Unit
Application Process

Canberra Health Services offers a twelve-month, structured program that provides a supportive framework for Enrolled Nurses during their first year of clinical practice.

We are keen to hear from nurses who are passionate about providing safe, quality patient centred care and are motivated by the organisational values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

Twelve month contracts will be offered full-time or part-time to assist Enrolled Nurse Graduates with transition into the workforce. This fantastic opportunity will provide participants with support and dynamic learning opportunities offered through the diversity of services available and structured professional development tailored for the graduate nurse.

The twelve-month program will generally incorporate two rotations throughout the clinical areas.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

  • Completed/will complete the Diploma of Nursing between February 2020 and June 2021.
  • Registered or eligible to register as an Enrolled Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) prior to date of program commencement.
  • A Permanent Resident of Australia or an Australian Citizen, or people in Australia with a valid visa that allows them to work. This includes New Zealand citizens.

Application process:

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Cover letter indicating start date
  2. Selection Criteria statements (4 questions in no more than 1 page)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. A current transcript of results from TAFE/CIT
  5. Two written professional referee reports using the referee template form (not academic referees).

Please note: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

This application process is for those applicants that would like to be considered for the February to May 2021 graduate Enrolled Nurse Graduate intake.

Short listing will take place from the above submitted documentation.

Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview. At this time all elements of the application process will be considered including performance at interview and assessment centre.

Please note: Phone interviews will not be available; to be considered for a position you must attend the interview in person. Webex available for interstate applicants.

Employment decisions will be based on written application, referee reports, satisfactory academic history, and interview and assessment centre analysis.

DUTY STATEMENT – Enrolled Nurse

  1. Provides competent and safe patient care within an ethical, professional and quality framework and practices in accordance with the relevant legislation. Integrates organisational policy and guidelines with professional standards.
  2. Adheres to the scope of practice of an Enrolled Nurse – Level 1. Aware of differences in accountability and responsibility between EN and RN and undertakes role according to the appropriate standard.
  3. Considers and advocates for individuals and/or groups and their rights for nursing care within the organisational and management structure.
  4. Be responsible for completing all professional development requirements and demonstrating competency as a beginning enrolled nurse within the graduate nurse program in the required timeframes.
  5. Practices in a way that acknowledges the dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights of individuals and/or groups. Adhere to safe practice and relevant legislation.
Clinical Development Nurses

Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program (ENTPP) has Clinical Development Nurses (CDNs) who work to provide clinical support, education, feedback and conduct competency based assessments related to the Standards for Practice: Enrolled Nurses (NMBA, 2016).

The role of the ENTPP CDNs is to facilitate learning and development. They are responsible for:

  • Supporting your transition into the organisation and nursing workforce
  • Assisting you to identify your learning needs
  • Clinical support and supervision in the clinical area
  • Formal and informal feedback sessions
  • Enhancing your professional development
  • Promoting evidence based practice
  • Undertaking assessments in accordance to the program requirements
  • Monitoring and recording your progress throughout the Transition to Practice Program
  • Most clinical areas throughout Canberra Health Services have an allocated CDN. The ward CDNs provide support to all staff in their respective clinical area and also assist Graduate Nurses.
Clinical Placements

Note: Clinical placements are allocated based on graduate preference, placement availability and organisational requirements.

The Canberra Health Service Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program recognises that everyone wants something different in their graduate year and for their career. We offer flexibility and choices with rotations to most clinical areas. These areas may include:

Division of Surgery

  • Orthopaedics
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Urology and Vascular
  • Neurological
  • Cardiothoracic, Plastics, Ears, Nose and Throat

Division of Medicine

  • Cardiology, Endocrinology and Respiratory
  • Stroke Unit & Infectious Diseases
  • Renal

Division of Women, Youth and Children

  • Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital - Paediatrics and Adolescents

Division of Cancer and Ambulatory Services

  • Oncology Ward
  • Haematology Ward

Division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug

  • Adult Mental Health Unit
  • Alcohol and Drug Services

Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care

  • Acute Care for the Elderly
  • Acute Rehabilitation

Division of Critical Care

  • Medical Assessment and Planning Unit
  • Acute Surgical Unit
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. Canberra Health Services 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. Canberra Health Services 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 assessments related to the . Most clinical areas also have a specialised CDN available to assist staff working in that area.

How do I apply?

Canberra Health Services 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 Canberra Health Services. You will be advised of the closing date for these requests by email from the EN Co-ordinator.

Testimonials from previous Enrolled Nurse Graduates

 “100% of participants indicated that they would recommend the ENTTPP to others”. (2018 program participant)

“ENCDNs were helpful, supportive and thorough when ensuring completing task and competency” (2018 program participant)

“90% rated the clinical area CDN support as either good, very good or excellent”. (2018 program participant)

Would you recommend the ACT Health Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program to others?

“I have already recommended it to other CIT students when they have had a placement with me.”

“I would recommend EN TTPP as a good start to your nursing journey.” (2016 program participants)

Contact us

Enrolled Nurse Coordinator: (02) 5124 3382

Enrolled Nurse Clinical Development Nurses: (02) 5124 3360

Page last updated on: 3 May 2021