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

Andrea Driscoll, Clare Harvey, Anna Green, Robert Weatherby, Danny Liew, David Prentice, Julie Lord, Geraldine Lee, Dianne Crellin, Naomi Dobroff, Melodie Heland

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-148
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    Volume24
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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