O.K. so I may be thick, I may be slow but, I have realized through this board that I havn't a clue how nursing works around the world.
In Australia we have
* Assistants-in -nursing, there is a course in some states at Tech. College level, in others you just apply and most people ( even without exp) can get a job at this level.
* Aged care worker - Certificate course in most states, Pre-req. for Enrolled nursing in some states.
Neither level can give out drugs or do technical nursing procedures. Can write notes and do some paper-work.
* Enrolled Nurses and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses, do technical nursing procedures and Endorsement means that they can give drugs.
Registered Nurses, as in most countries, however anything higher requires this degree, C.N.-Clinical nurse
C.N.S.-Clinical Nurse Specialist
C.N.C.-Clinical Nurse Consultant
N.U.M.- Nursing Unit Manager
There are other levels I'm just too tired to add them all but you get the drift, you need to be an R.N. to get any higher than R.N. E.n.'s do their training at T.A.F.E. College, R.N.'s do theirs at University. Most Assistant/Aged Care certificates are roughly a year long study course, Enrolled Nursing is a year plus the endorsement, R.N.'s is three years plus a grad year plus any further specialty you may wish to do.
What did you have to do to get your nursing level?? Inquiring mind needs to know....