Returning to practice
Clinical care, knowledge and skills change rapidly.
The nursing and midwifery standards of practice are regularly updated to ensure practitioners work safely and effectively.
Nurses and midwives with current registration
If you are currently a registered nurse or midwife but have had a break from nursing practice, consider a refresher program to update your knowledge and clinical skills.
Some Victorian public health services offer nursing or midwifery refresher programs, allowing you to build your confidence and skills within a short period of time.
Refresher pathway for nurses and midwives 2023 and 2024
As part of the Victorian Governments ‘Free nursing and midwifery study’ initiative, 225 nurses and midwives will be supported to return to practice in public health services through a refresher pathway.
This program is offered to nurses and midwives who are registered but have had a break from work in a hospital setting and want to refresh their skills or upskill.
To find out more about nursing or midwifery refresher programs, speak with your prospective employer and read our factsheets:
Nurses and midwives with lapsed registration
The NMBA may advise you to complete a re-entry course. The NMBA's website has a list of which can assist in gaining registration, endorsement and notation of applicants for registration as an enrolled nurse (EN), registered nurse (RN) and registered midwife.
Re-entry pathway scholarships for nurses and midwives
Reviewed 06 September 2023