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The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) undertakes functions as set by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The NMBA regulates the practice of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public. The NMBA does this by developing registration standards, professional codes, guidelines and standards for practice which together establish the requirements for the professional and safe practice of nurses and midwives in Australia.
In order to become registered, nurses and midwives must meet the NMBA’s mandatory registration standards.
This fact sheet addresses common queries about registration as a nurse or a midwife.
Under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme), there is a national register for nurses, and a separate national register for midwives. On the register of nurses there are two divisions – registered nurses and enrolled nurses.
The endorsement of registration identifies registered nurses and midwives with additional qualifications and specific expertise who meet the requirements of the relevant registration standard.
An endorsement as a nurse practitioner identifies registered nurses who have completed an NMBA-approved program of study or program that is substantially equivalent leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner and the equivalent of three years’ (5,000 hours) full-time experience in the advanced clinical nursing practice level, within the past six years.
A scheduled medicines endorsement identifies registered nurses qualified to obtain, supply and administer schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines for nursing practice in a rural and isolated area, in accordance with relevant state and territory legislation.
A scheduled medicines endorsement identifies midwives qualified to prescribe schedule 2, 3,4 and 8 medicines and to provide associated services required for midwifery practice, in accordance with relevant state and territory legislation.
Note: There is no registration standard against which individuals can seek endorsement as a midwife practitioner. Refer to the NMBA’s Position statement on midwife practitioners.
A notation records a limitation on the practice of a nurse/midwife. It is used to describe and explain the scope of a nurse/midwife’s practice by noting the limitations on that practice. The notation does not change the nurse/midwife’s scope of practice but may reflect the requirements of a registration standard.
You only need to let AHPRA know if you have completed postgraduate studies that lead to an endorsement on your registration or the removal of a notation on your registration. If you have completed postgraduate studies that do not lead to either of these then you do not need to tell AHPRA.
The National Law requires that the suburb and postcode of your principal place of practice (PPP) is published on the national register. The PPP is defined as the address from which you predominantly practice the profession, or if not practising, or not practising predominantly from one address, then your home address. If you are practising through an agency, your principle place of practice can be the address of the agency.
A form is available if you believe that publishing information about you on the public register would pose a significant risk to your health or safety as a nurse or midwife. The NMBA will consider each application individually.
The following pages on the NMBA website contain useful information for nurses and midwives and employers: