Enrolled Nurse Service Establishment

This programme is now fully subscribed and we are no longer taking applications.

The purpose of the Enrolled Nurse (EN) Service Establishment Programme is to support the establishment of ENs in primary health care and community settings, where they deliver (substantively) mental health and addiction services. Equity and achieving equitable outcomes, underpins the Programme.

There is also an intention to develop and strengthen the Māori, Pacific and rural EN workforce by:

  1. Supporting health providers to identify Māori and Pacific kamahi (unregulated health workers) to participate through the “Earn as you Learn” model. Kaimahi are supported to be academically successful in the EN diploma programme and then employed as EN’s by their health provider.
  2. Partner with tertiary education providers and health providers to place EN students in PHC settings to increase the opportunity of employment through the establishment programme
  3. Provide opportunities for experienced EN’s to work in PHC providing a nurse-led holistic service that embeds mental health and addiction support.


  • Establish EN positions into PHC and community settings where the ENs have a substantive role in delivering MH&A services
  • Promote the contribution of ENs in PHC and community settings to provide mental health and addiction services
  • Work in partnership to co-design EN positions in health providers
  • Prioritise Māori participation in the workforce and Māori service delivery models
  • Increase Pacific participation in the workforce and Pacific service delivery models
  • Evaluate the models, including role; how the service has improved access to MH&A services; funding to establish the service
  • Share learnings and ideas to increase the success of the Programme through a network of health providers and stakeholders across both North and South islands.


The funding to establish the EN position is expected to cover a one to two-year period. The funding may cover:

  • A contribution to salary
  • Professional development, including Mental Health Credentialling (run by Te Ao Māramatanga)
  • Professional &/or cultural supervision
  • Clinical supervision

Contact us

If you are interested in Enrolled Nursing as a career you can find further information here. At that link you will find a PDF of education institutes offering pre-registration programmes.

The Programme is being led by the School of Nursing, University of Auckland in partnership  with The Fono; Victoria University of Wellington; and the University of Otago. Other key partners are Te Rau Ora; Te Ao Māramatanga – NZ College of Mental Health Nurses Inc; NPNZ (Nurse Practitioners New Zealand); and the Enrolled Nurse Section (NZNO).