The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has moved to a permanent approach in the assessment of internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs). The changes that took effect in January 2019 includes a reduction from eight to three assessment criteria. While this change streamlines the assessment process, the assessment outcomes remain the same.
The NMBA transitioned to an outcomes-based assessment (OBA) system for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who hold an international nursing qualification that is relevant to but not substantially equivalent to or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification. The IQNMs also need to demonstrate that they meet the mandatory registration standards.
The new model of assessment includes:
- the online Self-check for all IQNMs
- an orientation program for all IQNMs who are advised to continue with the assessment process, and
- an OBA for some IQNMs