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Nurses have to register

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FIJI'S nurses have been given until the end of June to register with the Health Ministry to obtain a practising licence.

And those nurses who fail to register within the given date will not be allowed to practise in the country.

Ministry nursing director Silina Waqa-Ledua said the registration was compulsory under the Nursing Decree 2012.

"It's required by the new legislation — you can be registered for life but if you need to practise in the country, you will need a licence," Mrs Waqa-Ledua said.

She said once a nurse pays the $50 registration fee at the ministry, they also receive a professional development credit of 20 points.

"This credit is very important. It will be deducted if nurses are found in any professional misconduct."

She said with a total of 2485 nurses in the country, 65 per cent had the licence to practise.

"If nurses fail to do this, they cannot practise in the country and cannot be employed by the law."

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