Occasionally an Enrolled Nurse trains to become a Registered Nurse but holds on to their original EN registration – perhaps because, in some rural areas, having concurrent registration maximises your employment prospects.
Since the introduction of the National Law in 2010, however, concurrent registration is to be phased out. NSWNMA argued in favour of allowing concurrent registration on behalf of our affected members, noting that it had always been possible in NSW and we were not aware of any associated safety issues, but this argument did not win the day.
The period of transition that was implemented by the NMBA for nurses who hold concurrent registration as an RN and EN ends next May.
According to the NMBA position statement:
Views were polarised as to when this should occur, so the National Board applied the principle of no disadvantage in relation to managing those nurses who hold concurrent registration at this time. Given that certificate programs in enrolled nursing will be phased out in 2014, it was decided it was appropriate to cease the transitional arrangements at that time.
…Nurses holding concurrent registration will be required to elect to be either enrolled or registered no later than 31 May, 2014.
Nurses who currently hold registration as an RN and EN can continue to hold concurrent registration until that date.
Nurses who hold concurrent registration must be able to demonstrate they meet the National Board’s registration standards on continuing professional development and recency of practice as both enrolled nurse and registered nurse.
Nurses who no longer wish to hold concurrent registration can either:
- write to AHPRA and surrender their enrolled nurse registration, or
- choose not to renew either their enrolled or registered nurse registration when renewing registration on 31 May.
Nurses who have held concurrent registration and have allowed their enrolled nurse or registered nurse registrations to lapse are not eligible to regain both lapsed registrations and must choose to seek registration as either an enrolled nurse or registered nurse.
Hopefully this issue will only affect a small number of members. If you are one of them and concerned about the implications this will have for your employment, we invite you to contact us.
Contact Angela Garvey at email@example.com or on 02 8595 1234 (1300 367962 for non-metro members).
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