Similarities and differences in educational preparation of registered and enrolled nurses in Australia: an examination of curricula content

Jacob, Elisabeth R., McKenna, Lisa and D’Amore, Angelo (2014) Similarities and differences in educational preparation of registered and enrolled nurses in Australia: an examination of curricula content. Contemporary Nurse, 48 2: 199-211.

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Author Jacob, Elisabeth R.
McKenna, Lisa
D’Amore, Angelo
Title Similarities and differences in educational preparation of registered and enrolled nurses in Australia: an examination of curricula content
Journal name Contemporary Nurse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1839-3535
1037-6178
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 199
End page 211
Total pages 13
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Variations exist internationally in the types and numbers of nurses registered to practice. Whilst the United Kingdom has phased out second level nurses, countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States have maintained a two level system. In Australia, the two levels of nurse authorised to practice are the registered nurse whom complete an undergraduate nursing degree, and enrolled nurse whom complete either a certificate or diploma program. Recent changes to educational preparation and resulting scope of practice for enrolled nurses have resulted in increased confusion between roles and expectations of the different levels.

Aim: This paper reports on findings of a study aimed at identifying differences in educational preparation of the different levels of nurse in Australia.

Method: Course coordinators from nine organisations offering pre-registration nursing programs completed self-reporting questionnaires designed to obtain information on types and lengths of courses, and details of curricula including course objectives, teaching and assessment methods and content areas.

Results: Comparative analysis of survey responses identified similarities and differences between registered and enrolled nurse programs. Common areas included teaching and assessment methods, core theoretical units and general nursing skills. The diploma and degree programs appear aligned in most theory and clinical skills. The main difference identified existed between skills taught in the two enrolled nurse programs.

Conclusions: Findings further add to confusion regarding registered and enrolled nurses in Australia. Further research is required to determine expectations of employers and other major stakeholders with regard to the differences.
Keyword Registered nurse
Enrolled nurse
Nursing education
Role
Skills
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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