I have been an EN for 10 years so memory is a little foggy on the study side of things lol and the course has gone from 12 months to 18 months but for placements we did 4 weeks aged care, 2 weeks in a hospital and 2 week either in community or psych nursing.
I work on a medical oncology ward atm and we do team nursing at my work place so a EN and a RN work together I do most of the hands on work like showers, obs, dressings, setup people with there meals and taking them to the toilet etc (I am not med endorsed) and the RN dose the meds and IVs. But with the new course the scope of practice for ENs is changing and now ENs come out of the course med endorse and IV competent, they have say at my work they would never allow ENs to do IVs but that what they said about meds and now just about all our ENs are med endorsed and the hospital is funding it lol. The top pay rate for an EN (it goes up every year for around about 6 or 8 years) is about $24 which is around the same as a entry level grad nurse (an RN who has just finished there training).
ATM moment I am in 3rd year doing my batchelor of nursing (RN). I am studying through Charles Darwin Uni, they have an online course which makes things easier with the kids. The only contact you have to do is 1 week CTB for each placement I am in Victoria and for my second year one they ran it in Melbourne, but for my third year one I have to go to Alice Springs for a week. I did not have to do first year I got credits for it, but second year I had a 4 week placement block and the kids went into full time day care for 4 weeks. This I think I have 8 or 10 weeks of placement and again the kids will go into full time day care while I am on placement. Most unis / tafes will offer both courses on a part time basis which again makes things easier with kids.
Good luck in deciding I love what I do and could image doing anything else