Recency of Practice, what do you know?

NEW BLOG POST_ Recency of Practice, what do you know_Did you know that one of the Standards that all Registered and Enrolled Nurses in Australia must meet is Recency of Practice? This means that when you renew your registration with AHPRA, every year, you have to declare that within the last five years you have completed one or more of the following:

1) Completion of a minimum of 450 hours of practice within the past five years
  • 2) Successful completion of a program or assessment approved by the NMBA
  • 3) Successful completion of a period of supervised practice approved by the NMBA.

That all seems easy right? But as a nurse or nursing student, do you really know what Recency of Practice means and what you can count towards this Standard? We’re here today to help break it down for you and give you the facts about what Recency of Practice really means and how you can ensure that you are meeting this Standard!

Recency of Standard Facts (NMBA, 2019)

  • Practice means any role in which you use your nursing skills and knowledge, practice is not limited to the provision of direct clinical care, it can also include working in a direct nonclinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy roles, and any other roles that impact on the safe, effective delivery of nursing services. A practice role can be either paid or unpaid.
  • You do not need to submit evidence to AHPRA on renewal, but it does need to be kept in case you are audited. Evidence can include: statements of service, pay slips, income statements, or any other documentation that lists the hours and dates worked. Evidence should be kept for 5 years.
  • Practice can be completed either within Australia or Internationally.
  • Hours do not have to be continuous and can be accumulated over the last five years.
  • If you do not meet the minimum 450 hours over the past five years, the NMBA may ask you to complete either supervised practice approved by them, or a re-entry to practice program that is also approved by them

Who does this not apply to?

The only nurses who this Standard does not apply to are recently graduated nurses, and nurses who hold non-practicing registration.

How can AHA help you meet this Standard?

For nurses who are unsure if they are going to be meet this Standard at their next registration renewal, we are here to help! At Australian Healthcare Academy, our WorkReady Support Program is an approved program offering recency of practice hours. During our WorkReady Support Program, nurses undertake 120 hours of clinical practice that can be used towards their Recency of Practice. At the completion of the program, all nurses receive a certificate of completion outlining the 120 hours which can be submitted as evidence if audited for Recency of Practice. You can check this program out here: 

WorkReady Support Program

If you think that you might be short more than 120 hours, or if you already have conditions on your registration including a supervised practice element, you should definitely still contact us as there is a possibility that we might have an approved program for you. Sometimes, we can help you remove the conditions, obtain your supervised practice, or increase clinical placement hours to help you meet this Standard, it all depends on individual circumstances. The aim of our programs in terms of recency of practice is to work alongside you, the nurse, and the NMBA to get you practicing again and up to date on your Recency of Practice!

We hope that this blog answered any questions that you might have on meeting the NMBA Standard: Recency of Practice for Nurses! If you do have any further questions or would like to inquire about how our programs might be able to help you meet this Standard, please feel free to contact us today!

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1) NMBA Fact Sheet: Recency of Practice, 2019

2) NMBA, Registration Standard: Recency of Practice, 2016