Custom Search

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The College of Nursing

The College of Nursing is one of the nursing school in NSW, Australia. They are catering various kinds of nursing course for both overseas and local nurses.

At the same time, they are known by many overseas registered nurse students for their Assessment of Competence program as per requirement by AHPRA.

For more information you can

Please note that we are not part of the College of Nursing. For any inquiries contact them directly.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Please be aware that this entry is taken from the Australiah Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

This is intended for registered nurse only, however, if you are interested to find out some other information with regards to the CPD in other profession, you can simply visit their website.

Scope of application

This standard applies to registered and enrolled nurses,
registered nurses endorsed as nurse practitioners,
registered midwives, and registered midwives endorsed
as midwife practitioners. It does not apply to students or
nurses and midwives who have non-practising registration.


1. Nurses on the nurses’ register will participate in at
least 20 hours of continuing nursing professional
development per year.
2. Midwives on the midwives’ register will participate in
at least 20 hours of continuing midwifery professional
development per year.
3. Registered nurses and midwives who hold scheduled
medicines endorsements or endorsements as nurse
or midwife practitioners under the National Law must
complete at least 10 hours per year in education
related to their endorsement.
4. One hour of active learning will equal one hour of
CPD. It is the nurse or midwife’s responsibility to
calculate how many hours of active learning have
taken place. If CPD activities are relevant to both
nursing and midwifery professions, those activities
may be counted in each portfolio of professional
5. The CPD must be relevant to the nurse or midwife’s
context of practice.
6. Nurses and midwives must keep written
documentation of CPD that demonstrates evidence of
completion of a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per year.

7. Documentation of self-directed CPD must include
dates, a brief description of the outcomes, and the
number of hours spent in each activity. All evidence
should be verified. It must demonstrate that the nurse
or midwife has:
a) identified and prioritised their learning needs,
based on an evaluation of their practice against
the relevant competency or professional practice
b) developed a learning plan based on identified
learning needs
c) participated in effective learning activities relevant
to their learning needs
d) reflected on the value of the learning activities
or the effect that participation will have on their
8. Participation in mandatory skills acquisition may be
counted as CPD.
9. The Board’s role includes monitoring the competence
of nurses and midwives; the Board will therefore
conduct an annual audit of a number of nurses and
midwives registered in Australia.


Context of practice refers to the conditions that define an
individual’s nursing or midwifery practice. These include
the type of practice setting (e.g. healthcare agency,
educational organisation, private practice); the location
of the practice setting (e.g. urban, rural, remote); the
characteristics of patients or clients (e.g. health status,
age, learning needs); the focus of nursing and midwifery
activities (e.g. health promotion, research, management);
the complexity of practice; the degree to which practice
is autonomous; and the resources that are available,
including access to other healthcare professionals (ANMC

Continuing professional development is the means by
which members of the profession maintain, improve and
broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and
develop the personal and professional qualities required
throughout their professional lives. The CPD cycle
involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs,
planning and participating in relevant learning activities,
and reflecting on the value of those activities (ANMC 2009).

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Oncology Seminar

The Philippine Oncology Nurses Association, Inc. in cooperation with F.A.C.E.S. Foundation Inc., shall be holding a clinical update for the first time in Bacolod. The update is entitled "ABC's of Chemotherapy". It will be held on MAY 18, 2012 (Friday), from 7am-5pm, at Bar 21, Lacson Street, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

In connection with this activity , we are inviting you to join us in this one whole day update in oncology, where we learn together and share insights on how we care for our cancer patients and their families undergoing chemotherapy. We invited speakers and officers of PONA to share their knowledge and expertise on chemotherapy.

The registration fee shall include a certificate, program schedule, personalized kit, snacks, and lunch.

For more information you may contact :

Ms. Ma. Encarnacion Dychangco, RN, MAN at 0917-8832802 (globe)
Mr. Bhoy-Ramir Castro, RN at 0949-4264581 (smart)
Ms. Rhea Agustin, RN, MN at 0922-7724430 (sun)

We shall look forward to your presence on this date and hope to have a meaningful interaction with you for a better oncology care.

Thank you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Changes in the IRON or AOC fees

There will be some increases in the fees for the IRON program or also known as AOC in NSW. Last year, the IHNA in Victoria, already started to increase their fees from AUD 10,000 to AUD 11,000. As of the moment the La Trobe University, Deakin University both in Victoria, and the College of Nursing in NSW,  remained the same. Respectively their fees are AUD 9,900, AUD 10,000 and AUD 10,000.

However, some nursing schools in Australia that caters for the assessment of the overseas nurse in South Australia have the most expensive fees. Usually it ranges from AUD 12,000 up to AUD 16,000.

Some colleges, institutions and universities in Western Australia offers the bridging program for nurses but it is done either twice a year or once a year. 

For more information for the updated fees for the competency program, kindly email or call the institution. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Endorsement vs Clinical Handover

Now, you wanted to be part of the Australian Nurses community, that is why you seek for registration.

For nurses from overseas, especially from USA, Philippines or any country that uses American standards of nursing practice. You should be aware that in Australia, they do not call the handing in or endorsing of patient from one staff nurse to another as endorsement.

In Australia they refer it to as the clinical handover. This is also the same with the endorsement and there is no difference at all, aside from the settings and each hospital may have their own policy on how to do the handover.

It is important not to be confused with these two words, for they meant the same but use or call in a different term.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Drug calculations 2

Getting the ml/hr or cc/hr

ml in volume / time in hours = ml/hr


100 ml to run for 2 hours. How many ml per hour?

100ml / 2 hr = 50 ml/hr

Example 2:

100 ml to run for 30 minutes. What is the ml per hour?

100ml x 60 mins
____. ______
30 min. 1hr

100ml x 2/hr = 200 ml/hr

Simple drug calculations

For the tablets an volume:

Desired Dose / Stock on hand x vol = answer


The doctor ordered 100mg of aspirin to patient A. The available stock is 50 mg. how many tablet will you give?

Desired dose: 100mg
Available stock on hand: 50mg
Looking for: tablet

100mg/50mgx1 = 2 tablets

Follow us

Follow us on facebook.

Translate the Page