Credentialing

Ambassadors 

What is a Credentialing Ambassador? 

 

Credentialing Ambassadors are the champions for Credentialing for their specialty. They are trained to deliver Credentialing Workshops and to provide support to other nurses to apply to become Credentialed. 

 

Credentialing background

Credentialing demonstrates to employers, professional colleagues, patients/consumers and their family/carers that an individual nurse has achieved the professional standard for practice in specialty nursing. 

 

Credentialing also increases awareness of the contribution nurses make to the health of the community. 

 

Credentialing is a core component of clinical/ professional governance or self-regulation, where members of a profession set standards for practice and establish a minimum requirement for entry, continuing professional development, endorsement and recognition. 

 

Registered nurses working in specialised fields and other disciplines have developed Credentialing as a means to ensure standards of practice and competence within their specialist domain are maintained beyond entry to practice.

 

With health reforms demanding greater accountability of health professionals, Credentialing of specialist nurses in Australia has become increasingly recognised as a means to meet the evolving health environment.  

 

What is a Credentialing Ambassador?

A cohort of Credentialing Ambassadors within Queensland Health and Hospital Services (HHSs) has been established for each specialty.  

 

The Ambassadors are champions for Credentialing for their specialty, not only for the period of the project, but also into the future.  

 

The Ambassadors are nurses who are:

  • committed to their specialty and to ongoing professional development

  • leaders in promoting Credentialing to their colleagues.  

 

Credentialing Ambassadors have been trained to deliver Credentialing Workshops and provide support to other nurses to apply to become Credentialed.  

 

Click here to download a PDF factsheet on 'What is a Credentialing Ambassador'.

 

Support

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses has a lot of experience with Credentialing, and will be providing support to all new specialist Ambassadors, to make sure they are comfortable with the role and have all the resources needed.