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Recognising specialist mental health nurses - a national success

Marilyn Gendek, The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (2011)


2011 saw the seventh anniversary of the national implementation of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses' Credential for Practice Program (ACMHN's CPP). The CPP is widely considered to be the most successful program for professional specialist nurse credentialing in Australia, and was launched nationally in 2004. Since then, over 1,300 nurses have been recognised as specialist mental health nurses through the ACMHN CPP. 


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Specialist nurses: changing lives, saving money

Royal College of Nursing Publications (2010)


Report prepared by the RCN as part of the 2010 UK General Election, to outline the importance of the role of specialist nurses in improving patient outcomes and saving money.


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A national agenda for credentialing research in nursing

Vicki Lundmark, Joanne Hickey, Karen Haller, Ronda Hughes, Meg Johantgen, Mary Koithan, Robin Newhouse, and Lynn Unruh, American Nurses Credentialing Center (2012)


A report resulting from a summit convened by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to develop a national research agenda for credentialing in nursing. The report presents a conceptual model and provides questions for investigating the impact of credentialing on health care outcomes for nurses, patients and organisations.


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Nurse credentialing research – a huge step forward

karen Drenkard, Journal of Nursing Administration. 43, (1), 4 – 5 (2013)


A perspective which describes the importance of the establishment of a national credentialing nursing research agenda in the US. Specifically, the American Nurses Credentialing Centre has established a committee in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine to address emerging priorities for credentialing research, methodologies and measures to assess the impact of credentialing, how credentialing has affected healthcare performance, quality and outcomes, and strategies for moving the credentialing research forward.




Certified Nurses Day Honours Nurse Specialists

PR Newswire. 14 March (2013)


Press release reporting on the 2013 Certified Nurses Day, established on March 19 following the death of Dr. Margretta Styles in 2005.  The report, whilst focusing on certified infusion nurses, notes that the day honours the contributions of all certified nurses in advancing the profession and leading to better outcomes for patients. It notes that studies have demonstrated that certification empowers nurses, leads to greater job satisfaction, increased responsibilities and a role as mentors to others. 




Submission to the International Council of Nurses Credentialing Forum – Country paper

Royal College of Nursing, Australia (2011)

Australian country report for the ICN Credentialing Forum, 2011. The paper provides an historical overview of credentialing, and the desire to develop a nationally consistent credentialing process for advanced practice nurses in line with the National Registration and Accreditation scheme introduced in 2010.


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The case for certification and certification research

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Nursing Education Perspectives. 33 (6) (2012)


An editorial, which acknowledges the known professional and personal benefits of certification, but emphasises  the need for additional research to identify the effects of nurse certification on patient outcomes.




Review of credentialing literature

Unpublished. Southern NSW Local Health District (2013)


Overview of 21 published articles in the literature relating to credentialing, with a specific focus on credentialing policies developed by health services in Australia. 




Credentialing Position Statement

Sam Pilling, Speech Pathology Association of Australia (2009)


A position statement which provides a background to credentialing, with a focus on allied health. It links competency based specialist and advanced practice with credentialing at a local level by employers/organisations to ensure safe practice for patients. For review in 2014.


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The credentialing Framework for New Zealand Health Professionals

Ministry of Health, NZ Government (2010)


An extensive document which includes definitions and key terms, principles of credentialing, the credentialing process, credentialing of medical practitioners, and future directions for credentialing nurses and

allied health professionals


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Credentialing Program for Respiratory Educators – Asthma and COPD – Overview

Australian Asthma and Respiratory Educators Association Inc. 


Description of multidisciplinary credentialing process for health professionals working as Respiratory Asthma and/or COPD educators. Document identifies 3 levels of credentialing based on ability to meet standards of practice and competency standards, and relationship of levels to individual professional disciplines.




Statewide credentialing and scope of clinical practice project background paper

NSW Health


Background paper released to support the development of state wide credentialing and scope of clinical practice processes for doctors and dentists. Aim of the project is to produce 2


1. Comprehensive electronic credentials and scope of clinical practice information system

2. Consistent set of guidelines for LHDs to use regarding scope of clinical practice of senior practitioners. Plan is to link electronic data with eRecruit and AHPRA to avoid duplication.


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EQuIPNational Standard 13. Workforce Planning and Management

ACHS (2013)


Reference to the requirement for health professionals to be credentialed found in Standard 13 of the 2012 ACHS EQuIPNational.


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A National Specialisation Framework for Nursing and Midwifery

National Nursing and Nursing Education Taskforce (N3ET) (2006)


The project to develop A National Specialisation Framework For Nursing And Midwifery is a key element of the work of Specialisation referred to the National Nursing and Nursing Education Taskforce by Ministers. In Australia as well as overseas, the increasing trend of specialisation in health


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