Nursing  CPD – How Much Do You Need?

Nursing CPD – How Much Do You Need?

If you are an Enrolled Nurse, a Registered Nurse or Midwife you will be familiar with Nursing  CPD registration requirements. 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.

You can read more at Exemptions from continuing CPD for Nurses and Midwives 

A popular question asked is How much CPD do I Need?

Here are some key points for your information about Nursing CPD.

You can download a good reminder info sheet which contains how much  Nursing CPD you require here!  Download CPD TIP Sheet

  • Each Nurse must complete a minimum of 20 hours of  Nursing CPD per registration
  • If you have been registered less than 12months, pro rata CPD hours apply
  • If your CPD activities are relevant to both the nursing profession and the midwifery profession  you may count those activities as evidence for both nursing and midwifery CPD hours
  • You   should maintain  records of  your  CPD activity for 5 years in case you are audited
Nurses CPD Total
Registered Nurse or  Enrolled Nurse 20 hours 20 hrs
Registered Nurse with scheduled medicines endorsement Registered Nurse 20 hours

+

Scheduled medicines endorsement, 10 additional hours relating to obtaining, supplying and administration of scheduled medicines

                     30 hrs
Midwife 20 hours 20 hrs
Midwife with a notation and/or scheduled medicines endorsement Midwife   20hours

+

Endorsement and /or notation 10 additional hours relating to the context of practice, prescribing and administration of medicines, diagnostic investigations, consultation and referral

                      30 hrs
Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse 20 hours

+

Nurse practitioner endorsement, 10 additional hours relating to prescribing and administration of medicines, diagnostic investigations, consultation and referral

                       30 hrs
Registered as both an Enrolled Nurse or a Registered Nurse and a Midwife Complete the amount required for both Nursing and Midwifery

e.g. Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse – 20 hrs

+

Midwife – 20 hours

Note: If your CPD is relevant to both the Nursing and Midwifery profession, you may count those activities as evidence for both Nursing and Midwifery CPD hours

Note: of you have scheduled medicines endorsement there is an additional 10  CPD hours

 

If you have been registered less than 12months, pro rata CPD hours apply.

Months Registered Pro rata CPD hours needed
0-3 months ≥ 5 hrs
>3-6 months ≥ 10 hrs
>6-9 months ≥ 15hrs
>9-12 months ≥ 20 hrs

If you are registered and have an endorsement and/or notation for a period of less than 12 months prior to the renewal of registration, the following pro rata  CPD requirements apply!

Months Endorsement /Notation has been held Additional Pro Rata CPD hours that must be completed
0-3 months ≥ 2.5 hours
>3-6 months ≥ 5 hours
>6-9 months ≥ 7.5 hours
>9-12 months ≥ 10   hours

You can access the  standard at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia>>

The Nurses for Nurses Network has a great range of continuing professional development ( CPD) activities that can be completed at a time that suits you 24/7. Don’t forget that there is also a fabulous CPD evidence portfolio creator to take the worry out of keeping track of your CPD – especially as records have to be kept for 5 years!

 

 

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