What is a Peer Reviewer? 


Credentialing for Nurses (C4N) is the only nationally consistent recognition for specialist nurses. Credentialing is the formal mechanism used to verify the qualifications, experience, professional standing and other relevant professional attributes of nurses for the purpose of assessing their professional suitability to be recognised as a specialist nurse who is practicing beyond entry level.

Peer review is fundamental to the quality of the C4N program and the transparency of assessment of applications for credentialing.

A peer reviewer is a nurse with relevant experience in the specialty who has the knowledge and skills to assess credentialing applications against a set of established criteria under the governance of a specialist nursing organisation’s Credentialing Committee and within the parameters of the C4N policies.

Peer Reviewers are:

  • a financial member of the specialty organisation

  • currently credentialed within their specialty

  • committed to the promotion of credentialing and quality improvement within their nursing specialty

  • have completed training as provided by their specialty organisation

  • maintain confidentiality, privacy, objectivity, fairness and rigour when conducting a review.


(Page updated 15 September 2020)

The C4N initiative was a joint project between Queensland Health and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. The Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health provided full financial support for this initiative.

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