Thursday 23rd October 2008
Nursing graduates refused registration after The Nurses and Midwives Board rejects previous qualifications.
The Nurses and Midwives Board (NMB) has rejected applications for registration from 50 nursing graduates who have completed degrees from The Australian Catholic University (ACU), the largest provider of nursing graduates in Australia.
The decision by the NMB not to register the graduates occurred after more thorough assessment of credits granted by the university to students for previous courses and experience. The NMB decided the university had inadequately assessed students’ previous qualifications, granting inappropriate credit.
The graduates who failed to register were overseas students who did not meet the English language and curriculum requirements for registration.
The President of the Board Jill White told The Sydney Morning Herald that the Board had decided to demand full transcripts of degrees from students in the interests of public safety, after discovering that some graduates did not have safe levels of English.
NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiedja said the NSWNA supports the move by NMB to ensure students have covered all elements of curriculum deemed appropriate for registration and have appropriate level of English for job safely.
‘This is essential for maintaining high professional standards among registered nurses,’ she said.
The affected graduates are currently unable to take up registered nursing positions. Many students have returned to ACU to complete outstanding subjects.
ACU Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said students will not have to pay further fees for additional subjects under-taken to meet registration requirements.
‘Ultimately, it’s students who are suffering here. They paid $15,000 for a degree that leaves their qualifications in-adequate for registration. They submitted their previous courses to the university for assessment and were incorrectly granted credit because the university had inadequate levels of checking. It was ticking off qualifications without understanding the complexity of arrangements at different schools,’ said Judith.
‘Now the affected students are having to go back and make up these qualifications. Besides the stress and inconvenience, they are also losing income while they are meeting these requirements.
‘Some students have been forced to abandon their new graduate nursing positions because they can no longer postpone full-time work.
‘The ACU should pay these students compensations for failing to meet the obligations they owed the students,’ said Judith.