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Lecturer Joanne Garside explains how enrolled nurses’ prospects are being improved through further training.
Enrolled nurses (ENs) can experience difficulty finding work, as many job adverts demand a level 1 qualification.
Opportunities for them to upgrade their qualifications are limited, because conversion courses are few and far between. But the University of Huddersfield is helping ENs to convert, and so enhance their career prospects.
This has proved a welcome relief for some ENs. Twice in a three-year period, one nurse was accepted on to a conversion course, only for support to be withdrawn because her employer could not backfill her post.
The university offers ENs the opportunity to join nursing diploma courses at the start of the second year. Their previous training and experience means they can skip the common foundation programme.
Among the ENs who have seized this opportunity are Jacqueline Cook, Diane Gacek and Carolyn Walker, who are now all staff nurses. They started the part-time course in January 2008, studying for 22 hours a week and working for 15 hours.
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