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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.
These guidelines supplement the Registration standard: Endorsement as a nurse practitioner by providing further information about the requirements for nurses applying for an endorsement as a nurse practitioner.
These guidelines are relevant for:
A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse endorsed by the NMBA who has direct clinical contact and practises within their scope under the legislatively protected title ‘nurse practitioner’ under the National Law.
The Registration standard: Endorsement as a nurse practitioner states that a nurse seeking endorsement as a nurse practitioner must be able to demonstrate all of the following.
Table 1: Evidence model for registered nurses applying for endorsement as a nurse practitioner
Ongoing endorsement as a nurse practitioner is contingent upon the nurse practitioner meeting the NMBA’s requirements for renewal of registration annually. Under section 109 of the National Law, nurse practitioners are required to make an annual declaration that they have met the professional indemnity insurance and recency of practice requirements and completed the required continuing professional development.
Nurse practitioners need to demonstrate recency of practice at the advanced practice nursing level to retain their endorsement.