03 Dec 2018
Today the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) released an advance copy of the revised Policy for re-entry to practice for nurses and midwives (2019).
The Policy for re-entry to practice for nurses and midwives enables a consistent approach to decisions relating to people who have previously held registration in Australia as a nurse and/or a midwife, seeking to re-enter the professions. The revised policy will come into effect on 11 February 2019. You can view the advance copy on the Re-entry to practice page.
The revised policy reflects the findings from an evidence-based review, which included consultation with nurses and midwives who had previously engaged with the re-entry to practice process. Consultation also included health services that may have been approached to provide supervised practice, to gain an understanding of any challenges they experience.
The review provided the NMBA with recommendations aimed at improving the approach to re-entry to practice.
In summary, the revised policy:
Updated versions of supporting documents have also been released today and will take effect on 11 February 2019. These documents include:
The Framework for assessing supervised practice re-entry and the Re-entry to practice self-assessment questionnaire will be retired on 11 February 2019.
The NMBA will consider feedback on the advance copy of the policy and fact sheets. The NMBA may agree to amend the revised policy before final publication dependant on the issue/s raised and will consider all feedback received before publishing the final version.
You can email your comments in a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org and insert ‘Re-entry policy’ in the subject line by close of business 4 January 2019.