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Re-entry to practice

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Re-entry to practice for nurses and midwives policy provides guidance for nurses and midwives who hold current general or non-practising registration, or have previously held registration as a nurse and/or midwife in Australia, and who are seeking to re-enter the workforce after 5 years or more.

For those who wish to apply for re-entry to practice as a nurse and/or midwife must first apply to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) for provisional registration, and if approved, will need to complete either a period of supervised practice or an NMBA-approved re-entry to practice program. The requirements are set out in conditions applied to the registration. For further information related to re-entry to practice pathways, refer to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Fact sheet: Re-entry to practice.

Refresher

A Registered Nurse, or Enrolled Nurse, or Midwife who has had between three (3) and five (5) years continuous break from the nursing or midwifery profession, must meet all the NMBA registration standards, including Registration standard: Recency of practice to be eligible for general registration.

If the nurse or midwife no longer has registration and does not meet the recency of practice standard, they may apply to Ahpra for provisional registration and complete a period of supervised practice which is approved and governed by the NMBA, or undertake a NMBA-approved clinical re-entry to practice program.

If the nurse or midwife continues to hold registration despite lapse in practice they should apply directly to their preferred or local Queensland Health Hospital and Health Service or healthcare facility to enquire if suitable refresher placement opportunities are available.

Reskilling

A Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse or Midwife with recency of practice in the nursing or midwifery profession who is seeking to ‘reskill’ to work in a more acute area for example, may require a period of upskilling to ensure safe practice. These applicants must meet the NMBA registration standards including recency of practice, hold current AHPRA registration and have no conditions applied to the registration. For nurses and midwives who wish to ‘re-skill’, they should discuss with their line manager or HR manager to enquire if suitable placement opportunities are available.

  • For further information and links to NMBA-approved re-entry to practice program education providers, refer to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Approved programs of study
  • To complete a period of supervised practice which is governed by the NMBA, applicants will need to apply directly to their preferred or local Queensland Health Hospital and Health Service or healthcare facility to enquire if suitable placement opportunities are available.
Last updated: 27 May 2022