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The Three Major Nursing Types in Australia

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

Australia is one of the top career destinations for nurses and the last few years have seen a huge flow of nurses to Australia from other different parts of the world. Due to the top class life style and work environment, Australia has become one of the hottest career destinations for healthcare professional. Qualified healthcare professionals who have cleared the IELTS exam can apply for a respective job in Australia and before joining any hospital, theyshould undergo nursing bridging programs which help them to adjust to the Australian healthcare system much easily.

Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Enrolled Nurses (EN) are the three major categories that are present in Australian healthcare system. These three categories have different roles and different privileges and those coming from other countries should enroll themselves into any of the category as per their skills and talent. Let us have a brief look at these three major Australia healthcare professional categories.

1) Registered Nurse (RN) A registered nurse is the one who has the appropriate registration and licence to practice nursing in Australia. They are assigned more responsibilities and they enjoy more autonomy in their practice decisions when compare with other nurses. They are also responsible for ensuring and maintaining the work quality and they make this happen through teaching, supervision, competence assessment etc. To become a Registered Nurse, one must hold a Bachelor of Nursing or higher qualification.

2) Nurse Practitioner (NP) A Nurse Practitioner is also a registered nurse and are authorized to function astronomically and collaboratively in a much more advanced and extended clinical role. They are entitled to use their skills and knowledge to assess and manage clients in the best possible way. In Australia, they are required to be registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Most of the them are seen working as the key members of the healthcare team and collaborating with other nurses and various professionals in the healthcare system. They have to work both in the hospitals and in different community settings.

3) Enrolled Nurse (EN) You can become an Enrolled Nurse or Division 2 Nurse in Australia by completing a Diploma of Nursing or Certificate IV in Nursing at any vocational institute or TAFE. The time frame for this is around 12-18 months and this may vary in different Australian states. Enrolled nurses enjoy many benefits during their job period such as on-going education facility, opportunities to work in the areas of their interest, travel options all over Australia, career satisfaction etc. Due to the shortage of Registered Nurses, the role of Enrolled Nurses has increased in the recent years.

Whether you are having a Diploma of Nursing of Bachelor or Nursing certificate, you have to select wisely the nursing category that you should belong to. It all depends upon your qualification, skills, experience and extra certifications and you should always try to select the best that suits you the most.

The author is an experienced content writer who is currently associated with IHNA, which specializes in offering nurse training programs for nurses in Australia, along with bridging courses for nurses who aspires for a successful health career in Australia.

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