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  • Joined: Oct 2011
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Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:10 am

Hey guys!

I am endoresed enrolled nurse (EEN) and I currently work in a private rehabilitation hospital. I am just wanting to know (because the internet hasnt been helpful at all) can EENs work in a maternity ward? Or do they need extra qualifications?

Thanks so much for your time :)



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Nov 05, 2011, 05:00 am

megan, i think its a tricky question- bcos i think it mostly might depend on the hospital individually and what they do/dont allow.
i think many of the ENs that work in maternity will be 'mothercraft nurses'- which is a qualification that doesnt exist anymore. the hospital i work at hasnt used loads of ENs mostly bcos there hasnt been any real kind of qualification or study that an EN could do to give them the extra/additional skills- but my DON was saying recently that there is a new education place in Melbourne (no idea where or what its called) that will possibly be running a course for ENs to work in maternity. and she suggested that they would then love to put some of the ENs who are interested thru the course and have them work in maternity.

that probably doesnt really give you a definitive answer, but thats what i know about it for the moment.

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Nov 06, 2011, 05:44 am

Hi Meaghan,

I am just about to commence my course to become an EEN and I too would love to work in maternity.

I am hoping to be able to eventually do this as a good friend of mine is an EEN and works permenantely in Maternity. So yes, you can but I do believe not all hospitals are open to this. The course that jules74 speaks about would be great if that would then allow us to specialise in Maternity.



  • Joined: Jul 2011
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Nov 11, 2011, 07:31 am

I'm only 1 semester into my EEN - but maternity is where I really want to go. (Am going to look into doing Midwifery once I've completed my diploma) Essentially I would LOVE to get into maternity, as soon as I can - and therefore work there while continuing my studies.



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Dec 09, 2011, 11:36 am

Hi all,

I am a student at Central and I applied for a grad program at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital...In my online application I put that I had worked in a hospital with mentally and physically challenged children previously and I ended up being asked if I'd like to do the 50/50 grad program with Charlies and King Edward...So I'm pretty excited about the offer...When you apply for grad program Charlies is the only one that can offer this program with KEMH



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Jan 06, 2012, 07:06 am

Jules, Id love to hear where that course is. I completed my Diploma last year with a goal to work in Maternity. I have hit so many road blocks as no one will hire you without 2 years experience. How do you get experience if no one will hire you. Im so frustrated. I dont know whether to try an Agency to get experience that way but Ive been told I'll be "chewed up and spat out" if I go down that road due to my lack of experience. General nursing doesnt really interest me, although I did enjoy all my placements the only place Ive ever really wanted to work was maternity so if there is another course out there for EEN's to help along with this, Id love to hear about it. For now, Im just sitting frustrated and confused as to what step to take next :o(. Any advice ladies would be very welcome. P.S. before anyone asks, I have emailed, phoned, written and harassed so many hospitals to give me a go and no one is interested! Thanks



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Jan 10, 2012, 06:28 am

Hello :-)

I just joined this forum to talk about this exact thing, and I will do my own post in a sec about it. I am currently studying my Diploma to become an EEN, and knowing my desire to eventually (waaaay down the line), become a midwife, one of my educators gave me this code: HLTEN520A; Contribute to the care of mothers and babies.

It consists of three classroom days and 5 placement days. Right now though I can only see it run in Wodonga and Melbourne city.

Just thought it might be helpful for those who are interested :-)



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Jan 29, 2012, 07:36 am

When I had my first child in 2008 there was an EN amongst the RN's taking care of me and bub, so I am sure it's possible. It might just be up to the individual hospital who gets the jobs and where when they're hiring I guess. The EN was actually the best nurse of them all. Goodluck!