National nursing registration in Australia : a way forward for nurse practitioner endorsement

Driscoll, Andrea, Harvey, Clare, Green, Anna, Weatherby, Robert P., Liew, Danny, Prentice, David, Lord, Julie, Lee, Geraldine, Crellin, Dianne, Dobroff, Naomi and Heland, Melodie 2012, National nursing registration in Australia : a way forward for nurse practitioner endorsement, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 143-148, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2011.00711.x.

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Title National nursing registration in Australia : a way forward for nurse practitioner endorsement
Author(s) Driscoll, AndreaORCID iD for Driscoll, Andrea
Harvey, Clare
Green, Anna
Weatherby, Robert P.
Liew, Danny
Prentice, David
Lord, Julie
Lee, Geraldine
Crellin, Dianne
Dobroff, Naomi
Heland, Melodie
Journal name Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 143
End page 148
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 1041-2972
Keyword(s) nurse practitioners
health policy
healthcare delivery
national credentialing
Summary Purpose : The move to national registration of health professionals and the creation of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) provides both challenges and opportunities for the regulation of nurse practitioners (NPs) in Australia.

Data sources : National and state health policy documents, accessible on the Internet, concerning the regulation and endorsement processes for NPs in Australia were examined.

Conclusions :
The similarities between two of the previous jurisdictional NP endorsement processes in New South Wales and Victoria provide a common ground on which to build a robust national system. However, there are also key differences between these two states. These differences were mainly in the evidence required to assess competency of NP applicants and the authority to prescribe medications. All Victorian NP applicants were required to complete an approved medication subject at a master's level.

Implications for practice : A consistent endorsement process that delivers NPs of the highest standard and allows for efficient use of their skills and expertise is vital. This needs to be performed with the aim of providing high-quality care in a regulatory environment that protects the public and clearly articulates the level of competence expected of all NPs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2011.00711.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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