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Fri May 24, 2013 10:05 pm

I am currently working on an  assignment and stuck.

Question  been asked - 

discuss how the enrolled nurse scope of practice has changed over the last two decades.

Can you help please ?

Nightingale

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May 28, 2013, 08:32 am

These days there are a lot of opportunities for EN's in expanding their roles and furthering education. Think about the different grades possible and the additional tasks like giving meds, cannulation, research positions involving trials of new treatments and many others. These roles in the past were reserved for RN's only. When I started nursing 30 years ago, the EN was like an assistant in nursing nowadays. The EN was the bedside nurse giving basic nursing care to the patient. Bed baths, bed making, basic dressings, obs, pressure area care, patient repositioning but always working as part of team nursing because of the limited scope of their role. They were the nurse who were like 2nd year student nurses.

In my workplace today, the EN's have up skilled and have quite sofisticated roles. They give oral, IM, S/C and IV medications, have their own patient load, work independently for the most part, can cannulate, put up most IV fluids, liase with the team leader, NUM, medical staff regarding patient care and progress. 

Actually, I find it hard to understand why most of them aren't registered nurses already.

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