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Today we bring you part two of our Be ambitious in
2017 series. This time we chat about Nursing, a profession that's in
high demand virtually all over the world.
Typically, there are enrolled nurses and registered nurses. To become
a registered nurse, you'll need to complete a three-year Bachelor of
Nursing at a university. But the most popular pathway to becoming a
registered nurse is by first being an enrolled nurse. This is
something you can achieve with a two-year Diploma at a vocational
training organisation such as TAFE.
People are sometimes confused about the difference between an
enrolled nurse and a registered nurse. The main difference is that
enrolled nurses generally practice under the direction and delegation
of a registered nurse who maintains overall responsibility for a
patient's plan of care.
An enrolled nurse provides most of a patient's personal care, such as
showering, dressing and feeding, as well as the administration of some
oral medications. They work in a range of different settings including
hospital wards, aged care facilities, operating theatres or in
community settings such as Aboriginal Medical Services.
Firstly, there are a couple of check boxes you'll probably need to
tick from the outset. It helps to have the right kind of character
traits – caring, understanding, non-judgemental, empathetic and a
strong desire to help other people. But in balance with this, you need
to be able to control your own emotions, as you'll often be exposed to
stressful or traumatic situations. You also need the ability to remain
calm and clear-headed, be responsible and reliable.
To become an enrolled nurse you'll need a formal qualification. TAFE
NSW offers a Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing) which
includes a minimum of 400 hours work placement in an approved clinical
facility. The only entry requirements for this course are to be able
to communicate effectively in English and satisfactory completion of
the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent.
[quote]The work of an enrolled nurse is literally very hands-on. It
has the ability to make a profound difference to the lives of people
when they're at their most vulnerable. Nursing is a very portable and
mobile profession, something that can support you no matter where you
are in the world.[/quote]
NSW Health in partnership with TAFE NSW, is offering scholarships for
the Diploma of Nursing program across NSW. The scholarships include a
position in the Diploma of Nursing program and employment as an
Enrolled Nurse in a NSW Health facility. Application information
package is available from the NSW
Health website and applications will open on 9 January 2018.
Click here to find
out more about studying Nursing with TAFE NSW, and download your
free Course Guide.