Enrolled nursing education shake-up welcomed
A new minimum standard for enrolled nurse education represents an important opportunity to advance the skills and career pathway of this role. Linda Belardi reports.
Peak bodies representing enrolled nurses have praised changes to enrolled nurse education as a significant professional leap forward for Australia's growing enrolled nursing workforce. From July, 2014, all enrolled nurse training through Australia's Vocational Educational and Training (VET) system will be delivered at the diploma level. Maryanne Craker, president of the National Enrolled Nurse Association of Australia (NENA), said the association had been campaigning for a national enrolled nurse course delivered at the diploma level since the association's inception in 1995. "This is a very...
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
It is very exciting for the educational status of the Enrolled nurse to be extended as I have read hereon. I do note the dilemma re costs for nurses wishing to undertake Diploma level as opposed to the Undergradute level(which offers the deferred payment in the form of HECS fees). This needs to be addressed as such a discrepancy is in itself rather disconcerting, I may say somewhat unfair? discriminatory. Furthermore, there is no discussion hereon with regard to ENs who have not been within the workforce for 5 years +, with lapse of registration and or the potential for a re-enry programme; as there is for Registered Nurses who have not practiced for a significant time and or have allowed their Registration to lapse. It is disappointing that consultation has not taken place with the the NENA concerning the Academic requirments for Nurse Educators. I do find this somewhat disrespectful and indeed unprofessional. In such cases as education and especially within the Australian Nursing workforce this is imperative. I do thank you for affording this format i.e comments. It is with an open mind and may "the devils advocate" that I have "voiced" my opinion's hereon. It is with great love of the nursing profession that I do so. Pauline R. Acworth EN BHSc Mental Health
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