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Allison is a registered nurse and senior health policy adviser with some 25 years experience. Prior to launching CPD Nurse Escapes, Allison worked as a private consultant for a diverse range of clients in the government and non-government, health, community and education sectors. Allison has an extensive background in regulation, governance and professional practice and applies this in education, policy development and project management. Allison was the Principal Advisor, Professional Practice at the Nursing & Midwifery Board of South Australia, for 10 years where she was responsible for developing nursing and midwifery policy and standards and advising and educating nurses and midwives on professional practice issues.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

What Evidence can I use to Show my Continuing Professional Development? (CPD Part 6)

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) expects all nurses and midwives to maintain evidence of their continuing competence.

When considering professional development goals and activities, you should chose those that best correspond and relate to the context of your current practice and/or your future directions and career aspirations.

If you access any reliable on-line search engine you will find that the literature outlines a broad range of components that could be included in a CPD Professional Portfolio and many examples of existing documents or activities which could contribute to building an effective and transparent record of evidence of your continuing competence.  This can be confusing.  

As with your learning activities you  should use a diverse range of evidence and use both primary and secondary sources.  Your evidence should be easily validated and highly credible.  You should ensure that it is directly relevant and support your claims of competence.
  •  Primary source evidence is derived directly from practice outcomes. 
  • Secondary source evidence is provided by another source such as a supervisor or expert used to validate your claims.

The following table provides  a broad range of evidence you can use to support your CPD.


The Health Objective A Professional Portfolio of Continuing Competence for Nurses &
Midwives  Understanding & Managing CPD  A Practical Tool Kit 
2nd Edition July 2011 healthobjective@westnet.com.au

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