Im not sure if this is more a celebration of the nursing and midwifery professions or a self promoting, positive spin add for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. It appeared in yesterdays letters to the editor of the Surf Coast Times but I am assuming it was sent out blunderbuss style to many newspapers.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (the national board) recognises that May is an important month for Australia’s 340,000 enrolled and registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and eligible midwives.
The International Day of the Midwife on May 5 and International Nurses Day on May 12 are perfect opportunities to reflect on the invaluable contribution of each profession to the health and wellbeing of the Australian community.
Australia’s nursing and midwifery professions take their work extremely seriously, endeavouring to achieve the best possible health outcomes for those in their care. The national board also has the health and safety of the public at the core of its role by ensuring that the Australian public has access to qualified and competent nurses and midwives to provide safe, quality care.
The nursing and midwifery professions’ contribution to community wellbeing is not just evident in a practical sense. Their support of change and innovation to achieve better evidence-based health outcomes is in line with the work of the national board in implementing evidence-based policy and standards to guide professional practice.
On behalf of the national board, I pay tribute to the work and diligence of Australia’s enrolled nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and eligible midwives and acknowledge their invaluable contribution to achieving better evidence-based healthcare outcomes for the Australian community.
Chair, Nursing and Midwifery
Board of Australia
I have posted before about my confusion over exactly what the NMBA is doing with our collective fifty three million, one hundred and forty-nine thousand, six hundred dollars in registration fees.
And I must say, I am still none the wiser.
As to part of the content of this letter: I do not think that we, as individuals should be paying to ensure the general public are protected from unqualified or incompetent nurses. A very important activity granted, but surely that is for the taxpayers to fund1
Or perhaps there could be a separate board for unqualified and incompetent nurses who would pay a higher registration fee. Just a thought.
What do you make of this letter to the editor?