08 Aug 2019
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has reminded nurses and midwives, and their employers, that registration certificates are no longer issued at renewal.
The NMBA announced in 2018 that it would stop issuing registration certificates to better protect the public by encouraging use of the online register of practitioners. The online register is updated daily and lets the professions, employers and the public know if a person is currently registered and any endorsements or conditions on their registration.
The NMBA reminded nurses and midwives about this change in 2019, with information included in renewal emails, monthly newsletters and on the Board's website.
NMBA Chair, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack, said that the online register should be used to check that a nurse or midwife is currently registered.
‘The online register is the safest and most up-to-date way for nurses, midwives and their employers to check their registration,’ she said.
A person appearing on the register holds registration. If a person’s registration expiry date is in the past, this indicates that their registration is being processed and they are currently registered. Tips on using the online register of practitioners are available on the AHPRA website.