Position Details


Reference Number 159811
Position Title Psychiatric Enrolled Nurse Community (Level 3)
Employment Status Permanent Part Time
Program Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol
Location Corio CHC
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 64
Position Summary
  • All our staff are supported by discipline and role specific supervision and professional development opportunities. 
  • Our staff are passionate about participation in ongoing service development, and understand the value of best practice models of care. 
  • Enhance your career at Victoria's leading regional health care service

About the facility

Barwon Health Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services (BHMDAS) provide intensive assessment, treatment and community support to the Barwon region for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health and drug & alcohol issues. The position is located within the Corio Community Mental health team.

About the role

Psychiatric Enrolled Nurse (PEN) is an enrolled nurse who works as part of the specialist mental health nursing team, under the supervision of an RPN. PENs work as a part of the mental health team to advocate for and facilitate the involvement of individuals, their families and significant others in planning and evaluating care and progress toward recovery and improved health outcomes. No client will be treated solely by a PEN.

Core PEN responsibilities in the provision of patient-centred nursing care include recognition of normal and abnormal in assessment, intervention and evaluation of individual health and functional status provision of support and comfort, assisting with activities of daily living to achieve an optimal level of independence, and providing for emotional needs of individuals with their aim being to ensure physical and psychological wellbeing and recovery of clients. The PEN monitors the impact of nursing care and maintains ongoing communication with the registered nurse (RPN) regarding the health and functional status of individuals.

A Level 3 PEN will practise at an advanced level within the Mental Health specialty. They will be expected to take a complex and critical approach to clinical care with an increased breadth and depth of knowledge and skills and exercise considerable judgement when analysing and responding to events or situations. They will have advanced knowledge and understanding of, and work in accordance with, their legal and ethical responsibilities under relevant legislation including the Mental Health Act 2014.

About the culture

Our service values client centeredness, holistic care, accessibility, family inclusiveness, best practice, and ongoing professional development. We are fortunate to enjoy excellent internal relationships within our wide range of clinical programs. We have developed excellent partnerships with the local community that provide for seamless integrated care for our clients. 

Barwon Health staff benefits

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to employee wellness facility
  • Salary packaging
  • Social club
  • Centrally located at University Hospital, only minutes from the vibrant waterfront
  • Our Commitment to Child Safety
  • Be our future Barwon Health Strategic Plan
  • Aboriginal Employment Plan
  • At Barwon Health we harness a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We will embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Our organisation promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of our staff and consumers including children, and have appropriate recruitment resources in place to ensure background checks and reference checks are completed.
  • At Barwon Health we are committed to providing positive employment opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcome employment applications from candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • We Barwon Health is proud to be Totally Smoke Free
Selection Criteria Essential: Can you please list Barwon Health's values?
Essential: Can you please choose one of Barwon Health's values and describe a situation in the workplace where you have displayed this value?
Essential: Hold either an NMBA approved qualification in administration of medicine or a post registration qualification in units of study for medicine administration
Essential: Currently registered as an Enrolled Nurse with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Essential: Advanced knowledge of the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation.
Essential: Have at least two years’ experience in Mental Health nursing
Desirable: Previous experience in community mental health nursing
Desirable: Computer literacy
Contact Person Christopher Fryar 
Contact Person Job Title  
Contact Number 0403 582 562 
Closing Date 22/10/2019
Position Description
File name 
PEN Comm Jan 19 v 4 (1).pdf Open
Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on closing date. Please ensure your application is added before then as we do not accept late applications.