Advanced skill enrolled nurse

Enrolled nurses who can demonstrate a set of competencies may apply to be classified as an advanced skill enrolled nurse (ASEN).

An advanced skill enrolled nurse nurse is a specialist in their area and is able to undertake more complex aspects of care, and are, defined in the WA Health System – United Voice – Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing, Aboriginal and Ethnic Health Workers Industrial Agreement 2018 is an enrolled nurse who has met classification requirements of Part 5, Section 24, Clause 24.1 (v) to (vii), as below:

  • “Advanced Skill Enrolled Nurse Level 1” (ASEN 1) is an Enrolled Nurse who has sufficiently demonstrated competencies relevant to their area of clinical practice and at least four years’ experience as an Enrolled Nurse. 
  • “Advanced Skill Enrolled Nurse Level 2” (ASEN 2) is an Advanced Skill Enrolled Nurse in the second year of employment as an Advanced Skill Enrolled Nurse. 
  • “Advanced Skill Enrolled Nurse Level 3” (ASEN 3) is either an Enrolled Nurse or an Advanced Skill Enrolled Nurse who has completed a: 
    • (A) post registration qualification of at least six months’ duration that did not lead to initial registration as an Enrolled Nurse, relevant to their area of clinical practice; and 
    • (B) minimum three years’ experience as an Enrolled Nurse in the WA health system, who is appointed as an ASEN 3.

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Classification process

Enrolled nurses must formally apply for ASEN classification and are required to either:

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Under the terms of the WA Health – LHMU – Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing, Aboriginal and Ethnic Health Workers Industrial Agreement 2011 (the ENs Agreement), WA Health and United Voice agreed that the ASEN classification be made available to ENs employed or specialising in the mental health area.

Read more about the introduction of ASEN classification to mental health.

Ordering these resources

WA Health sites have a stock of the ASEN Classification Guide and ASEN Competencies Workbook available for ENs to access.  

To arrange delivery of hard copies, phone the Nursing and Midwifery Office on 9222 4075 or 1800 11 22 72 (free from land line only, within Western Australia). Deliveries will be made within 3 to 5 working days of your order being received.

Last reviewed: 23-09-2019
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Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office