06 Nov 2013
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has published new Nurse practitioner standards for practice.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) has published the Nurse practitioner standards for practice - also available under Competency standards on the National Board website - that will take effect on
1 January 2014. These standards will replace the existing National competency standards for the nurse practitioner.
The new standards for practice are the minimum standards that are applicable across diverse practice settings and patient/client populations for both beginning and experienced nurse practitioners.
The new standards will affect various groups, as follows:
In publishing the standards that will come into effect in 2014 now, alongside the current competency standards (currently known as the National competency standards for the nurse practitioner), the National Board intends to:
The National Board encourages nurse practitioners to use the new standards when reflecting on their practice, to help them determine any continuing professional development (activities) that will help address any self-identified areas of improvement.
When standards for practice of nurse practitioners are to be assessed, notifications will be assessed against the:
The process for graduates of approved programs of study (Pathway 1) who apply for nurse practitioner endorsement will remain unchanged with the introduction of the new standards.
Graduates of non-approved programs of study (Pathway 2) who submit complete applications will be assessed against the:
Please take time to read the standards for practice in conjunction with the following related publications under Codes and guidelines:
Download a PDF of this Media release - New nurse practitioner standards for practice to come into effect 2014 - 6 November 2013 (373 KB,PDF)
1Applicants who have completed a non-approved program of study (Pathway 2) and who choose to apply to the National Board for endorsement as a nurse practitioner under the existing National competency standards for the nurse practitioner must submit a complete application no later than 31 December 2013.
2More information on ‘teach out’ is available in the ANMAC transition and teachout arrangements on expiry of accreditation period policy on the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) website.