Thinking of getting started in Nursing & not sure where to start?
Study required for various Nursing Roles
Typical study paths for various Nursing positions in Australia include the following:
- AIN (Assistant in Nursing) – To become an AIN the level of education and training can vary from job to job. Some nursing homes etc will train you up for the role with no experience required. Other places will take you without training if you are currently working towards your RN degree and have finished 1st year at a minimum. Other places require a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance. The best course of action would be to contact the place where you would like to work & discuss training options.
- EN (Enrolled Nurse) – To become an EN (and EEN) in Australia, you need to study for 12-18mths full time for a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing (additional training is also required to become medication endorsed). You can obtain recognition of prior learning to reduce course lengths also, and can progress to further studies such as Advanced Diploma or go on to university to become a Registered Nurse. To find Enrolled Nursing courses in Australia, it’s best to google search for the state you would like to study in, eg. “Diploma of Nursing Queensland” or see this link.
- RN (Registered Nurse) – To become an RN in Australia you need to obtain a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) or Bachelor of Nursing degree. The course takes three to three and a half years if studying full-time. Registered nurses have the most opportunities for employment in a huge variety of settings, with many career advancement options, the capacity to specialise as well as scope to work in advanced practice roles. If you are serious about a long-term career in nursing I would highly recommend exploring this option. To contact or find out further info on studying to become a Registered Nurse in each State of Australia, see University Nursing Courses in Australia.
These are the 3 main pathways to get started in Nursing, after this you can always specialise in further studies such as a Grad Dip or Grad Cert, Midwifery studies or become a Nurse Practioner. (*See full breakdown of what each Nursing Title means in Australia).
Additional reading and info
If you’re someone who’s interested in Nursing, it’s probably best to start by reading some posts on this site such as:
For a more serious breakdown of what Nursing in Australia is all about, also check out:
– Categories of Nurses In Australia,
– Nursing Pathways and Education (WA Government PDF)
– Standards, Guidelines and Regulations,
– Nursing Registration Info, and
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