PCNA was invited by Queensland's Office of The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO) in 2014 to participate in a project to implement a credential program for five national nursing organisations.
These organisations, led by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), are preparing to implement a credentialing process for their members. The Project Steering Committee met in Canberra in June and July 2014, with then PCNA President John Haberecht, and Secretary Kym Griffin participating.
Regular meetings have continued, and a workshop to initiate credentialing for the first cohort of nurses took place on 14 October 2015. The first cohort of 100 nurses to be credentialed will all be employees of Queensland Health, due to the OCNMO funding the implementation of credentialing.
Credentialing for PCNA members not included in the first cohort will be offered as soon as possible. We anticipate that will occur in the first half of 2016.
A communication and marketing strategy is being developed to enable clear communication with our members about this important initiative. In the meantime, the Credentialing for Nurses web site is an excellent resource for information about the credentialing project.
The national organisations involved, along with ACMHN, are:
- Palliative Care Nurses Australia
- Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses
- Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
- College of Emergency Nursing Australasia
This page updated 19th October 2015