The Registered Nurse qualifies with 3 years Bachelor of Nursing whereas Enrolled Nurse enters into nurse profession with 2 years Diploma of Nursing. However, the registered nurses acquire theoretical knowledge and enrolled nurses will be able to provide out of practical experience. The enrolled nurses are unaware with the latest technology and developments in health care.
The enrolled nurse is enrolled with the state level agency i.e. nursing and midwifery registration board. The minimum educational qualification for enrolled nurse is Certificate IV or Diploma. The enrolled nurses work with the registered nurses. Their main job is providing basic nursing care and less complex procedures unlike registered nurse (Australian Government Australian Institute of health and Welfare, 2016).
The enrolled nurse recognized as second level nurse and need to work. The registered nurse supervises the activities of enrolled nurse. They are accountable for the delegated nursing care. The roles of enrolled nurses include first aid, educate the patients on health, assist to patients bathing, showering, dressing, recording patients’ temperature etc (Nurse in Australia, 2016). It is true that the enrolled nurses contribute more care, but they cannot act independently.
On the other hand, Registered Nurse holds high level of accountability and responsibility. They are regulated by the agency of the Nurses and Midwives Board. The roles of registered nurse include the team leader, administration, complex nursing care, specialized nursing etc. The national competency standards and responsibilities are meant for registered nurses and midwives. Therefore, they are responsible for the standards to ensure the quality of work by means of teaching, supervision, evaluation etc. Apart from this, they registered under Nursing Act to engage practice in Australia.