The scope of practice for an Enrolled nurse (EN) and Registered nurse (RN) are quite different. The main difference is the qualification including education preparation and experience. ENs complete a Diploma of Nursing, which is a two-year course, and RNs complete a Bachelor of Nursing, which is a three year course.
An EN’s normal day consists of duties such as:
The RN has more responsibility than an EN. An RN’s duty includes the practical hands-on tasks like an EN but it also includes more complex patient care, problem solving, leadership, management roles, education and research.
The key responsibilities of an RN include:
ENs have endless career possibilities and can work in a variety of settings, so you will always have the opportunity to move around and work in different areas. ENs can also become RNs by completing a Bachelor of Nursing, which is an excellent option for those who are looking to advance their career. The experience you gain as an EN will be invaluable in this transition and you are likely to receive credit for the Diploma of Nursing units you studied towards the Bachelors of Nursing.
Box Hill Institute offers a Diploma of Nursing and has articulated pathways with Deakin University and the Australian Catholic University for students who have successfully completed the course to receive credit towards a Bachelor of Nursing qualification.
The Diploma of Nursing is also on the State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses list, available to eligible applicants.
For more information about studying nursing at Box Hill Institute, visit our Health & Nursing study area.