carers and nurse difference

With so many different healthcare professionals around these days sometimes people can get the two roles confused. Carers provide the bulk of home based services and all of Luxe Care’s Carers report to a Registered Nurse Care Manager.


Nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA’s registration standards, in order to practise in Australia.

There are two main types of general nurses working in the home based setting in Victoria.

The main difference is the qualification including the level of education and experience.

Registered Nurses have typically studied for three years and have graduated from University with a Bachelor of Nursing. Some Registered Nurses may have completed their nursing training many years ago in a hospital. All nurses undertake work experience in a range of hospital, aged care and health care settings.

Luxe Care is owned by nurses and all of our Care Managers at Luxe Care are Registered Nurses.

Enrolled Nurses are also nurses who work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. The Enrolled Nurse course is shorter than the Registered Nurse course, being two years and graduating with a Diploma of Nursing.

A Registered Nurse has more responsibility than an Enrolled Nurse and includes more complex patient care, problem solving, leadership, management roles, education and research.


Carers are the backbone of home based services.

Technically Caregivers or Carers are not nurses. However they do perform nursing duties under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Carers typically have a TAFE qualification such as a Certificate III or IV in Aged or Community Care. Some Carers may not have a certificate but could be nursing students studying for their Diploma or Bachelor in Nursing.

Some Carers such as many of the Luxe Care Carers have undertaken additional education such as specialist Dementia Education or Palliative Care as an example.