Studying to become an enrolled nurse is more affordable than ever, thanks to the State Government’s $12 million investment into the Diploma of Nursing subsidy.
This week at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), the Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman announced that the vocational education and training (VET) subsidy would double, cutting the cost for enrolled nurse hopefuls by a further $4,000*.
“We want more Queenslanders undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in the fast-growing industries of the future,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Employment demand for enrolled nurses has been strong and it’s vital that we continue to increase enrolments to meet the demands of a growing and ageing population.
“It is anticipated the increase in subsidy will lead to a growth in enrolments and as a result more than $12 million will be invested in the Diploma of Nursing in 2019.”
PAH Executive Director Nursing Services Veronica Casey said she welcomed the subsidy increase, which would support more people to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become an enrolled nurse.
“Enrolled nurses are a vital part of our nursing workforce and play an important role in delivering high-quality, patient-centred care in a wide range of clinical environments and specialties at PAH and across Metro South Health,” she said.
PAH Enrolled Nurse Marissa Sidiros, who attended the announcement, said she hoped the subsidy increase would help tip the scales for school leavers and mature students considering their career options.
“The clinical scope of enrolled nurses has grown so much over the years. And while for many people it’s a great opportunity to learn on the job before studying to become a registered nurse, it’s also a great position in of itself,” she said.
“Each enrolled nurse at PAH is a valued member of the healthcare team.”
*The Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) subsidy has increased from $4,185 to $8,218 for non-concessional students and from $5,441 to $9,979 for concessional students. For further information about training subsidies visit http://www.training.qld.gov.au or call 1300 369 935.