The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia recently released a consultation paper on a draft re-entry to practice framework. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has responded to this with a submission – these are the main arguments we put to them:
We thought that the National Board’s suggested changes would improve the process for individuals seeking to return to the professions, to some extent. They have also offered a category of provisional registration in order to allow suitable applicants to complete a period of supervised practice – we applaud that move. The establishment of this registration, in our view, creates a paid model of re-entry which is of vital importance to many nurses and midwives wishing to re-enter the workforce.
We also noted that the document provided little guidance for those like ourselves who are not seeking to undertake clinical work. We also made the point that the NSW Board adopts a very narrow definition of practice and is therefore inconsistent with other jurisdictions. We asked for this situation to be addressed as it is unacceptable as it stands.
We complained about the Board’s imposition of an arbitrary period of 12 months to complete a period of supervised practice, particularly for those nurses and midwives with family responsibilities and/or disabilities. There is no evidence to support why the period of supervised practice has to be completed within this strict timeframe. The Board’s rationale (unsupported by evidence) is that the timeframe is necessary to ensure that the nurse/midwife’s knowledge is consolidated.
Previous Nurse Uncut blog posts on this issue: