Enrolled nursing in Oz!

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  • by Kimmeh
    Specializes in operating room.

Hi all,

I was curious to how long the Enrolled nursing courses are around Australia and whether they are Certs or Diplomas.

When I completed mine in 2002, it was 18 months long and we came out with a Cert IV in Enrolled Nursing. (This was in W.A at TAFE) I do believe it has changed since then - now it's a Diploma and 2 yrs????

Thanks :D

smilenurse

44 Posts

Hi all,

I was curious to how long the Enrolled nursing courses are around Australia and whether they are Certs or Diplomas.

When I completed mine in 2002, it was 18 months long and we came out with a Cert IV in Enrolled Nursing. (This was in W.A at TAFE) I do believe it has changed since then - now it's a Diploma and 2 yrs????

Thanks :D

EEN now it is a Diplomas. Full time courses one year and part time 18 months. This is in QLD.

JanisM

63 Posts

Specializes in Aged care.

I wanted to do the course a couple of years ago but there was an 18 month waiting list at Bundaberg. Because of that I ended up studying to be an RN (still am!). I would liked to have become an enrolled nurse first but I guess it all turned out for the best because I LOVE what I'm doing, even though it's a bit scary at times (I'm 40 & left school at 15) Just thought I'd share that :-)

Grace Oz

1,294 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg/Ortho/HH/Radiology-Now Retired.
I wanted to do the course a couple of years ago but there was an 18 month waiting list at Bundaberg. Because of that I ended up studying to be an RN (still am!). I would liked to have become an enrolled nurse first but I guess it all turned out for the best because I LOVE what I'm doing, even though it's a bit scary at times (I'm 40 & left school at 15) Just thought I'd share that :-)

:yeah:Kudos to you and all the best with your studies.

Specializes in Aged Care, General Acute,Theatre,Rehab,.

Last year was the last year offered on the Diploma of Nursing. Pre-Enrolment.

Before that it was the Certificate 111 in Health. (Nursing)

The course is now National Diploma of Nursing.

Certificate 111 is now being phased out for the general introduction and change over to the National Diploma Australia wide. Finally!!!

It is 18 months FULL TIME. Or 3 years MAX part time.

This then becomes an EEN in SA. N.T. QLD and when you jump through all the hoops and red tape & an small exam if your lucky, allows you to become a RN Div 2 Endorsed, in Vic etc.

Doing your National Diploma also means that from now on ALL Nurse's regardless of the State you live in or gain your qualification in only need to register or enrol in ONE STATE to be covered Australia wide.

It does my head in some times. We were discusing it at work today. Were all a little confused. And it was made worse today with the introduction for JUST all 4 segments of Medication Endorsement RN Div 2's, only them and there is only 3 thousand odd of us out of over 20 thousand Div 2's, can now go and gain an IV Administration Medication Endorsement. Your choice though. To bring us into line with EEN's in other States.

I really don't know where this leaves me as I am an EEN, still Enrolled in SA, AND an RN Div 2 Endorsed Nurse here in Victoria.

Iv'e done IV meds in SA (Not actual adminstration but making up doses and checking IV orders) and IV lines, ,infusions, blood transfusions etc. Am I doubling over myself??? Ummm!!!!

I hope this hasn't confused you more?

StudentBeccy

6 Posts

I'm currently doing my Diploma through TAFESA. For us its 18mo F/t and 2 yrs p/t. I'm in my final semester of my two years, and only 12 weeks weeks from my Clincal placement in a hospital setting (6 week placement, Aged care was 4). I cant wait. I'm so close to the end i can taste it!

Specializes in Aged Care, General Acute,Theatre,Rehab,.

Well done StudentBeccy. :yeah: :balloons:

On the final stretch.

When you look back you realise just how far youv'e come.

It still blows me away just how far you do come and learn.

Enjoy your acute placement.

Take EVERY opportunity that you get offered to learn something new or to practice. AND speak up. Show enthusiasm and a willingness to try just, within your scope of practice of course, by sticking your hand up for anything and everything!

It WILL only help you transcend into the 'real' Nursing World.

Well done. Congratulations. :ancong!:

Grace Oz

1,294 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg/Ortho/HH/Radiology-Now Retired.
I'm currently doing my Diploma through TAFESA. For us its 18mo F/t and 2 yrs p/t. I'm in my final semester of my two years, and only 12 weeks weeks from my Clincal placement in a hospital setting (6 week placement, Aged care was 4). I cant wait. I'm so close to the end i can taste it!

Wishing you every success, StudentBeccy! :nurse::up::yeah:

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