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Nursing Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is Continuing Professional Development?

“Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.”

Completion of CPD is a registration standard for all registered and enrolled nurses registered to practice in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

This registration standard identifies the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) for enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives. The standard applies equally to nurses who work either full-time or part-time in paid or unpaid practice and those that are on leave – example maternity leave. It does not apply to nursing students or if the nurse holds a non-practicing registration with the Board.

To comply with the registration standard the minimum requirement is the completion of 20 hours of CPD each registration period. The CPD activity should be directly relevant to a nurse or midwife’s context of practice. Note that you need evidence of hours not points. One hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD.

What is context of practice?

“Practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession. Practice in this context is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge (working) in a direct nonclinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on the safe, effective delivery of services in the profession.”

What is a CPD Activity?

“CPD records may include participation in the following activities:

  • tertiary, vocational and other accredited courses including distance education (should relate to context of practice)
  • conferences, forums, seminars and symposia
  • short courses, workshops, seminars and discussion groups through a professional group or organisation who may issue a certificate of compliance/completion
  • mandatory learning activities in the workplace in the area of practice
  • self-directed learning, and
  • any other structured learning activities not covered above”

If the registered nurse has an endorsement as a nurse practitioner or holds an endorsement for scheduled medicines, they must complete additional CPD requirements.
Nurse Practitioner 30 hours – with the additional 10 hours focused on prescribing and administration of medicines, diagnostic investigations, consultation and referral.
Registered nurse with scheduled medicines endorsement 30 hours – with the additional 10 hours relating to obtaining, supplying and administration of scheduled medicines.

Each year when a nurse applies for registration as a registered or an enrolled nurse they are required to declare that they have met this requirement. The nurse can be audited at any time to assess that compliance.

Every registered and enrolled nurse is required to keep evidence of their CPD activity for a minimum period of 5 years. If the standard is found not to be met the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia can impose a condition or conditions on a Nurses registration/endorsement or refuse an application for registration or renewal of registration/endorsement.

For more information on the Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard for Nursing click here>> 


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