CPD and National Registration
It is vital that nurses increase their knowledge and skills in nursing practice, using a system that values and measures the time and effort they invest.
National registration for health professionals, including nurses working in Primary Health Care, commenced 1 July 2010. As part of the national registration scheme the new Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has published a draft Standard on what the requirements may be for nurses and midwives. (See below)
APNA members are able to access the APNA CPD Portal through this website. The APNA CPD portal allows members to record their professional development in a systematic way. It is designed to enable registered nurses to meet the CPD requirements under National Registration commencing July 1 2010.
To find out more about the APNA CPD Portal click here.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia: Continuing professional development standard
This standard has been approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 31 March 2010 pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (2009) (the National Law) with approval taking effect from 1 July 2010.
All nurses and midwives must meet the continuing professional development (CPD) standards. This standard sets out the minimum requirements for CPD. CPD must
be directly relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice.
The Board reserves the right to give exemptions in individual cases.
Scope of application
This standard applies to registered and enrolled nurses, registered nurses endorsed as nurse practitioners, registered midwives, and registered midwives endorsed as midwife practitioners. It does not apply to students or nurses and midwives who have non-practising registration.
1. Nurses on the nurses’ register will participate in at least 20 hours of continuing nursing professional development per year.
2. Midwives on the midwives’ register will participate in at least 20 hours of continuing midwifery professional development per year.
3. Registered nurses and midwives who hold scheduled medicines endorsements or endorsements as nurse or midwife practitioners under the National Law must
complete at least 10 hours per year in education related to their endorsement.
4. One hour of active learning will equal one hour of CPD. It is the nurse or midwife’s responsibility to calculate how many hours of active learning have taken place. If CPD activities are relevant to nursing and midwifery professions, those activities may be counted in each portfolio of professional development.
5. The CPD must be relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice.
6. Nurses and midwives must keep written documentation of CPD that demonstrates evidence of completion of a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year.
7. Documentation of self-directed CPD must include dates, a brief description of the outcomes, and the number of hours spent in each activity. All evidence should be verified. It must demonstrate that the nurse or midwife has:
a) identified and prioritised their learning needs, based on an evaluation of their practice against the relevant competency or professional practice standards
b) developed a learning plan based on identified learning needs
c) participated in effective learning activities relevant to their learning needs
d) reflected on the value of the learning activities or the effect that participation will have on their practice.
8. Participation in mandatory skills acquisition may be counted as CPD.
9. The Board’s role includes monitoring the competence of nurses and midwives; the Board will therefore conduct an annual audit of a number of nurses and midwives registered in Australia.
For more information from the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia go to www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.