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Over the next four weeks, Nurse Uncut brings you a series of articles covering topics that nurses and midwives frequently enquire about when renewing their registration. Today we look at Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Your registration as a nurse and/or midwife is due for renewal by Wednesday 31 May 2017. When you renew your registration(s), you’ll be asked to make a declaration confirming you have completed at least 20 hours of CPD in the preceding registration year, from 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2017.
In order to honestly make that declaration, you must ensure you’ve completed the required hours for your registration. Most nurses or midwives will have to complete 20 hours in that registration year for each registration they hold. The educational activities completed must be relevant to the context of your practice – see below for the Guidelines which give more detail, especially if you hold dual registration.
Where possible, your CPD activities should be based on your identified learning needs and planned to meet those needs. You should complete the planned education and then reflect on the impact of that education on your practice.
It’s imperative you keep your own personal records that record all the CPD activities you complete, including both planned and unplanned.
You’re required to keep evidence of your completion of CPD for a period of five (5) years. If you’re audited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or if you have a notification made about your health, performance or conduct, you’ll be required to provide evidence of your CPD activities.
You should ensure you’re familiar with the content of:
If you have questions about your CPD obligations, register online for one of the NSWNMA’s half-day seminars on Are you meeting your CPD requirements?:
- Gymea (southern Sydney) – 7 April
- Waterloo (south Sydney) – Friday 5 May
- Newcastle – Wednesday 10 May
- Port Macquarie – Tuesday 23 May
Or consult the NSWNMA Guide to Continuing Professional Development.
If you’re unsure about any of the declarations required or to seek further advice, please call the NSWNMA on 8595 1234 (metro) or 1300 367 962 (regional) prior to renewing your registration.
Next week, we look at your obligations in notifying criminal charges and convictions when you renew your registration.
Previously on Nurse Uncut: