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National nursing registration in Australia: A way forward for nurse practitioner endorsement

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posted on 19.08.2019, 00:00 authored by A Driscoll, Clare HarveyClare Harvey, A Green, RP Weatherby, D Liew, D Prentice, J Lord, G Lee, D Crellin, N Dobroff
Purpose: The move to national registration of health professionals and the creation of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) provides both challenges and opportunities for the regulation of nurse practitioners (NPs) in Australia. Data sources: National and state health policy documents, accessible on the Internet, concerning the regulation and endorsement processes for NPs in Australia were examined. Conclusions: The similarities between two of the previous jurisdictional NP endorsement processes in New South Wales and Victoria provide a common ground on which to build a robust national system. However, there are also key differences between these two states. These differences were mainly in the evidence required to assess competency of NP applicants and the authority to prescribe medications. All Victorian NP applicants were required to complete an approved medication subject at a master's level. Implications for practice: A consistent endorsement process that delivers NPs of the highest standard and allows for efficient use of their skills and expertise is vital. This needs to be performed with the aim of providing high-quality care in a regulatory environment that protects the public and clearly articulates the level of competence expected of all NPs. © 2012 The Author(s) Journal compilation © 2012 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

History

Volume

24

Issue

3

Start Page

143

End Page

148

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

2327-6924

ISSN

1041-2972

Publisher

Wiley, USA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

01/11/2010

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alfred Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Austin Health, Eastern Health, Western Health, Vic.; , Southern Cross University; University of Melbourne

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners