Returning to Nursing

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Returning to Nursing

There are many reasons why nurses and midwives may take a break from their professional role. However, when exploring returning to practice and particularly when registration has lapsed, getting back on the Register is not an automatic entitlement.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the standards for practice and requirements for registration. The registration processes are managed by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on behalf of the Board. The NMBA website provides comprehensive information and should be reviewed to understand contemporary professional requirements. Of particular interest to those returning to practice will be:

  • Application Form details
  • Recency of Practice Registration Standards
  • Re-entry to Practice Policy for Nurses and Midwives
  • Re-entry to Practice Frequently Asked Questions

AHPRA may advise the completion of a re-entry program. A list of approved programs of study is available from the NMBA website.

The Returning to Nursing Fact Sheet also provides information that may be useful.

Re-entry to Practice Scholarships

The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services provides scholarships to assist previously registered or enrolled nurses to re-enter the workforce and to complete a NMBA-accredited re-entry program.

Tasmanian Government Scholarship eligibility criteria include:

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Tasmanian resident for at least a 12-month period immediately prior to the time of application.
  • Previously registered, not practiced for 5-10 years, and unable to meet registration requirements.
  • Holds Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approval to complete a re-entry to practice program in order to regain registration.
  • Acceptance into an accredited re-entry to practice program, including confirmation of the required clinical placement.
  • Completion of the scholarship application form, including a statement outlining how the scholarship will benefit the applicant in returning to practice and future professional intentions.
  • Satisfactory interview where required.
  • Tasmanian residents should contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Nursing and Midwifery Unit, to find out more about this scholarship opportunity.

Australian Government

The Australian Government through the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), funds the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme. The Australian College of Nursing, on behalf of DoHA administers scholarships that include support for those re-entering the workforce.

For more information about the Australian Government scholarships go to the ACN website.

Returning to Nursing Inquiries

For inquires regarding scholarship opportunities to support returning to nursing, please contact:

Assistant Director of Nursing, Education and Training
Nursing and Midwifery Unit

Strategic Control, Workforce and Regulation

Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: (03) 6166 1570