Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 06 Hansard (Friday, 27 June 2008) . . Page.. 2395 ..
(1) What is the process for nurses to renew their registration in the ACT;
(2) What process is in place to (a) ensure that all nurses registrations are current and (b) follow up on those who have not renewed their registration;
(3) What can nurses expect to receive for their registration fees.
Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) Registration is annual. Renewal of nursing and midwifery registration/enrolment is due by 31 March each year with the ACT Nursing and Midwifery Board. An annual fee of $110.00 is payable.
Re-registration requires the nurse/midwife to declare that their practice meets Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) Competency standards and that they follow the ANMC codes of conduct and ethics for nurses and midwives.
(2) (a) Workplaces are responsible for ensuring that all ACT Health professionals are registered.
It is the individual employee’s responsibility to:
– renew their annual registration in a timely manner
– show the original copy of their current licence to practice to their nurse/midwife manager by 1 April of each year
– if on extended leave, show an original copy of their current licence to practice to their nurse/midwife manager on the first day that they return to work
– advise their manager of any conditions or limitations on their registration and licence to practice
– work within their scope of practice, conditions of registration and comply with legislative requirements.
The nurse manager sights the original copy of licence to practice, notes any limitation to practice and ensures that allocated duties of the nurse/midwife fall within his/her scope of practice.
(b) The nurse manager sends home, on leave without pay, any nurse/midwife who has not provided evidence of current registration and licence to practice by commencement of their first shift/work day on or after 1 April of each year. The nurse manager advises Personnel and the manager, to whom they report of this action.
The nurse/midwife who has not renewed his/her registration is not permitted to return to work until evidence of current registration and licence to practice is provided to the nurse manager.
Each year the ACT Nursing and Midwifery Board randomly audits a selection of nurses and midwives.
(3) The ACT Nursing and Midwifery Board assists the Minister with the administration of the Health Professionals Act 2004 (the Act) in relation to the nursing and midwifery professions. Essentially, the Board administers a scheme for registration of nurses and midwives to ensure protection of the public within a best practice framework.