TAFEs launch the National Enrolled Nursing Advisory Council

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) is pleased to announce the establishment of the National Enrolled Nursing Advisory Council (NENAC). The council brings together experts in education and training for enrolled nursing from across Australian TAFEs to better represent and advocate for enrolled nursing education.

Enrolled Nurses play a key role in the Australian health system and our health workforce, and their importance is growing across many areas of health and care. According to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, future demand for Enrolled Nurse job roles is expected to increase over the next five years. Ensuring the quality of the education and training experience for enrolled nurses and keeping up the supply of appropriately qualified enrolled nurses will be vital to both the health sector and to the broader economy, especially as the population ages. The call on new capabilities expected of Enrolled Nurses requires contemporary education and training approaches, reflecting local, national and global health priorities beyond that prescribed within national training packages.

The advisory council will share better practice approaches in enrolled nursing education across the network of TAFEs and in doing so will ensure the best possible outcomes for education and vocational preparation of enrolled nurses. As with all better practice, the focus is on shared learning and continuous improvement. This is critical in preparing students to meet the dynamic and increasingly complex environment in which they will operate.

NENAC will provide learned insights and strategic advice to both regulatory and core nursing and midwifery organisations on relevant policy and education matters relating to enrolled nurses. NENAC will lead and represent those who provide education to enrolled nurses and promote the public image of enrolled nursing.

TDA is the peak body representing Australia’s national network of TAFE institutes, including six dual sector universities with TAFE divisions and nine TAFEs that are also Non-University Higher Education Providers. The core business of TDA is supporting our member institutes and leading the advocacy for quality skills in Australia.

Further information on NENAC can be found on the TDA website here.