Can I Re-Enter The Workforce?
Can I Re-Enter The Workforce if I Haven’t Worked in Nursing or Midwifery For a While?
Yes. If you were once an enrolled or registered nurse or midwife and are no longer registered to practice, and would like to work as a nurse or midwife again, then there are programs available to help you achieve this goal.
If you have not practised in the profession for a period of five years or more, your application to practice nursing or midwifery will need to be assessed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
They will look at your qualifications, professional practice history and how long you have been away from practising in the profession to determine how you can re-enter the workforce as a nurse or midwife.
Depending on this assessment, you may need to complete:
- a Board-approved supervised practice program
- a Board-approved re-entry to practice program
- further studies through a Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approved program of study.
You can find a list of AHPRA approved programs of study for:
- nursing at http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx?ref=Nurse&Type=Re-entry
- midwifery at http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx?ref=Midwife&Type=Re-entry.
You should also read these documents by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia:
- The Principles for the assessment of nursing and midwifery applicants for re-entry to practice(http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au[JC1] /Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Codes-Guidelines/reentry-to-practice.aspx)
- FAQ Recency of Practice at http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/FAQ/recency-of-practice.aspx.