Re-entry frequently asked questions
Re-entry to Practice/Bridging Programs
What is a Re-entry to Practice/Bridging Program?
- Re-entry to Practice Programs are for previously AUSTRALIAN trained or qualified (re-entrant) nurses and midwives who are CURRENTLY NOT registered, and wish to gain restoration of their registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA).
- Registration Bridging Programs are for OVERSEAS trained or qualified nurses and midwives who are seeking to gain initial registration with the NMBA.
When is the next Re-entry to Practice/Bridging Program for enrolled nurses, registered nurse and midwives?
- Effective as at January 2011, WA Health no longer offers Re-entry to Practice/Bridging Programs for Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses.
- However similar courses are offered by external providers. Courses are alternatively referred to as ‘Conversion Program’
- To locate accredited courses, refer to the NMBA website for list of programs for RN and EN
- KEMH will continue to offer the Midwifery Registration Bridging Program. Contact the Coordinator Midwifery Registration Bridging Course for further information via email email@example.com or phone (08) 9340 1573.
Are scholarships available for re-entrant nurses and midwives undertaking conversion courses at West Australian Universities?
- Yes. The Nursing and Midwifery Office (NMO) is offering scholarships for nurses and midwives undertaking courses that leads to restoration of registration with NMBA and are delivered by a recognised and accredited West Australian (WA) education institution.
- Scholarships are available for Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents only. Conditions will apply.
- For more information, please visit the NMO website for scholarship information.
Why isn’t the Renewal of Registration/Bridging Programs continuing?
- Under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, all courses that lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia must be provided by a Recognised Training Organisations (RTO’s). The Department of Health is not a RTO and does not qualify under the National Accreditation Criteria.
What is a Refresher Pathway and who’s eligible to apply?
- In 2013 WA Health offers will be offering a new Refresher Programs Pathway for ENs, RNs and Midwives
- The new refresher pathway will be linked to employment to allow more flexible options for refresher nurses or midwives.
- to undertake online learning modules.
- to choose full-time or part-time fixed term contracts and be paid to undertake the assessment of clinical competencies
- • Refresher applicants will be able to list 3 hospital preferences where they would like to be employed to undertake their refresher pathway placement.
- Refresher pathways are designed to enhance clinical skills and knowledge for WA nurses and midwives, who are CURRENTLY registered with NMBA, however have not practised clinically in the last 5 years or so.
Who needs to do a Refresher Pathway Placement?
- WA nurses or midwives that lack skills and knowledge in an acute care setting.
- WA nurses or midwives that may have been working outside the acute clinical area and wish to return to an acute clinical setting, or may not have worked for a few years (less than 5 years).
How long is the Refresher Pathway?
- Successful refresher pathway applicants will be offered 3 month fixed-term employment contracts
Can I do the Refresher Program part time?
- Yes, refresher pathway applicants will be given the flexibility to choose a full-time or part-time fixed-term contracts
How much does the Refresher Program cost?
- There will be no cost for successful applicants. The Nursing and Midwifery Office has fully funded the fees for the Refresher Pathway online learning modules.
- Applicants may be liable to repay course fees if they do the online learning modules but do not commence employment under the fixed term contract.
Do I get paid for doing the refresher pathway
- Yes, applicants will be offered a fixed term employment contract.
- Refresher pathway nurses or midwives will undertake assessment of clinical competencies during this time
Do you offer Upskilling courses?
- Upskilling courses relevant to specialty areas are offered intermittently and are subject to WA Health workforce demand.
- Courses are not routinely available and offered.
- Individuals must be supported by their employer to apply for upskilling courses.
- Formal application assessment and process do apply.
- Relevant courses will be advertised on the NMO website.
More about returning to nursing and midwifery:
» I need to get registered again
» Refresher pathway options
» Financial support
» Benefits in returning
» Job opportunities