Hmm nursing in Australia....hard to know the differences other than what I have picked up here on this board
Here we have a uni degree to become an RN...none of that BSN, ADN stuff. Unless you are a dinosaur like me who trained in the hospital system many eons ago
We have EN's (enrolled nurses) who do not perform all the functions your LPN's do....but are the backbone of the hospitals a lot of the time. We have Ain's (assistants in nursing) also.
Nurse practioners have just commenced in Aus also.
The shortage here is a bad as it is world wide.....retention and recruitment has been the focus of many "committees" but not a lot of action to date.
We have a public hospital system here which means that anyone can have free care in a public hospital. We pay a levy in our taxes.
I am sure the other aussies who post can add much more...all I can think of at the moment. My brain is a bit numb from all the Xmas card writing lol