Enrolled Nurses (ENs) work as an integral part of the healthcare team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for patients, in partnership with the family, significant others and the community to achieve the most optimal care outcomes.
The Singapore Nursing Board’s core competencies for Enrolled Nurses define the knowledge, skills and attributes for ENs to practice in the healthcare sector. The core competencies of ENs encompass generic skills under the following categories:
- Client/Health Assessment / Reassessment
- Provision of/Assist in client’s Activities of Daily Living
- Management of Care
- Infection Control
- Communication, Teamwork & Service Skills
- Client/Health Education & Community Care
- Critical Thinking / Problem-solving Skills
In this regard, to be a competent enrolled nurse requires efficient psychomotor and co-ordination skills in order to acquire the to handle equipment and accessories (for e.g., suctioning apparatus, BP monitoring devices, infusion pumps and dressing sets).
They have to be able to interact with patients and provide a listening ear so as to be better able to anticipate patients’ needs and requests.
24-hour shift work is a requirement of the job.
Nitec in Nursing graduates can be employed in various healthcare organizations and hospitals upon registration with the Singapore Nursing Board.
Due to the special requirements of the healthcare profession and in delivery of direct patient care, all applicants have to pass a pre-admission medical examination and be free from physical and mental handicap to ensure suitability. Whilst not comprehensive, the following medical conditions will lead to non-acceptance into the course:
- Legal Blindness
- Active Tuberculosis
- Profound Deafness
- Psychiatric Condition
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Uncontrolled Hypertension
- Uncontrolled Asthma
- Mobility Restricted (Hindering performance)
- Physical Dependence Upon Mobility Equipment
finger dexterity, attentive, sensory (visual, hearing) ability, communication skills, interaction with strangers, interpersonal skills
sensory ability (sight)physical mobility, colour recognition ability
sensory ability (sight)
hand and finger dexterity
attentiveness to safety & hygiene
Mental agility in dealing with non-routine schedules
Ability to work long hours and under time constraints
This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated. If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College for further academic advising.