Nurses – Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities in a Snapshot

Nurses – Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities in a Snapshot

Nurses registered with AHPRA are aware of the need to attain continuing professional development ( CPD ) hours. If you are an Enrolled Nurse, a Registered Nurse or Midwife the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Registration Standard applies to you!  If you are wondering exactly how many CPD hours you need based on your unique circumstances download our Quick CPD Factsheet here>> 

The standard applies equally to the Nurses registered with AHPRA who work full time, part-time in paid OR unpaid work. It also applies to those who are on leave except those with student and non-practising registration. The standard does not apply to those with non-practising registration or students of nursing or midwifery.

Remember that ‘Practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession. Practice in this context is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge (working) in a direct nonclinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on the safe, effective delivery of services in the profession.’

 The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia recognises that all Nurses learn in different ways. So that means that you can attain your CPD hours via formal and informal activities. The type of learning activities selected can be broad and varied.  We have created a good snapshot of the activities that you can undertake and you can download the sheet as a reminder. Download infosheet

Popular Ways to Complete your  CPD – Continuing Professional Development Activities

Interactive e-learning           Online Sessions          Self Directed Learning                   Reading an article / Journal

Conferences                  Workshops         Seminars                        Courses                      Post Graduate Studies

Inservice education      Having an article published in a peer-reviewed journal           Authoring a book chapter

Remember you need to keep records of your completed CPD, for five years.

You need to have documentation of the identified learning need, a learning plan, your participation in the learning activity, and the outcome achieved will form the evidence of CPD you may need to provide. References to the articles that you have read are needed for self-directed activities.

The Nurses for Nurses Network has an easy to use electronic portfolio that keeps your CPD records in one place and you can use it to quickly email all that is required if you are audited by AHPRA. The portfolio includes all the prompts and information you need to know!

Don’t forget  you can access the CPD Registration Standard at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

The Nurses for Nurses Network has a great range of continuing professional development activities that can be accessed 24/7 along with the  fabulous CPD evidence portfolio creator to take the worry out of maintaining evidence should you bee audited by AHPRA. Visit


Reference: Access 17.12.17

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