Nursing and midwifery workers can apply for a Registered Nurse Professional Licence (RNPL) to practice in Western Australia, under a new law.
The RNPL is a professional qualification that is needed for the work of nursing practitioners, and is administered by a Registered Nursing Health Service (RNHS).
The new WA Nursing and Midwifry Licence Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, and allows licensed midwives to practise in the state.
The act also gives RNs the right to apply for other RN certificates of qualification in WA, and the opportunity to obtain a second certificate.RNs in Western Victoria are required to have a Registered Nurses Certificate of Registration (RNCLR) in their name.
This can be a form of identification that shows that they have a valid RN Certificate of Education (RCE), which can be issued to members of the RNCLR class.
The bill says a Registered NN Practitioner Licence is needed to practise midwomens’ practices.
The licensing requirement for a nurse practising in WA is different to the requirement for an RN, which is required for nursing professionals in Victoria.
The Act also says that registered nurse practitioners who have completed at least one year of study in a State, Territory or Commonwealth State must be registered.
Licences for RNs to practise as midwives will only be available to qualified applicants.
The new RNL Act also allows licensed nurse practitioners to work in remote communities in WA.
The Department of Primary Industries has confirmed that a nurse practitioner who is working in a remote community must hold a licence in their area of training.
Nurses practising with licensed midwiffs will also be able to work at the state-funded nursing home on a full-time basis.
The WA RNL legislation is being passed after several years of consultation with stakeholders and the public, including the WA Nurses’ Association.
The Minister for Health said it was an important step towards making WA a place where people of all ages can work safely and confidently in the workplace.
“This legislation will make sure we have the right workforce in place for the health and wellbeing of our people,” Dr Pauline Milne said.
“We will also ensure that the skills and skillset of our nurses are recognised and rewarded.”
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