Q: Can I use time spent reading materials on theNursePath.blog to count towards my Continuous Practice Development hours?
Time spent reading and reflecting on educational materials directly related to your clinical practice all count. But you mist keep a contemporaneous record.
Why do I need to track my CPD?
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are now auditing midwives and nurses compliance with their CPD standards.
It defines CPD thus:
“Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives. The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.”
The minimum annual CPD requirements for a registered nurse is 20 hours. Nurse (or Midwife) practitioners or nurses who hold scheduled medicines endorsements must complete and additional 10 hours CPD education that is related specifically to their endorsement.
Here is a link to FAQ regarding CPD. It includes CPD hour requirements for nurse practitioners, nurses who are both midwives and registered nurses, and those with scheduled medicines endorsement.
Requirements for proof of your CPD.
- One hour of active learning = 1 hour of CPD.
- It is your responsibility to calculate exactly how many hours of active learning has taken place.
- The CPD must be relevant to the your context of practice. This includes the type of practice setting and its location (eg urban/rural/remote). It also includes the specific characteristics of the patients you are caring for and the context of your practice (eg aged care, critical care, research, management etc)
- You must keep written documentation of your CPD that demonstrates evidence to meet the 20 hrs of CPD per year.
- Participation in mandatory skills acquisition (eg CPR training) can be counted as CPD.
Whilst you can always keep a personal log of your CPD hours, here are two useful applications to help you mange this information and produce a summary if you were ever to be audited.
AusMed CPD planner:
AusMed has a free (requires quick registration) web resource to record all you CPD hours. I really like the design and functionality of this. It:
- Includes tools to develop a personal learning plan.
- Automatically organises your CPD into the correct registration year (and reporting period).
- Documents CPD for both RN and RM qualifications at the same time or independently.
CPD Logbook App
CPD logbook Available for iOS and Google Play. ($2.99 Apple Store).
Once the initial setup info is entered you can free text in information about the activity. Each entry is fully editable.
- Summary of learning.
- Outcomes. How this information applies to your work.
- Further learning. How you can gain further knowledge with respect to this activity.
Your complete CPD history is available for viewing, with a tally of the total hours. From this screen you can email yourself a complete CPD record as a pdf file.
A note on privacy.
As with most online data storage services, you should be diligent with the content and sensitivity of information you are placing online.
For example, here is an excerpt from the AusMed terms and conditions for using their app:
Ausmed shall use reasonable steps to maintain confidentiality of your CPD information. However, Ausmed may disclose your CPD information if, and to the extent, (a) required by law; (b) the information has come into the public domain through no fault of Ausmed; or (c) if you have given written consent to the disclosure of your CPD information only. In the event that Ausmed is acquired, in whole or in part, through merger, acquisition, or through operation of law or the order of the Court, all or part of your confidential information shall come under the control and management of a third party at that time. In such circumstances, all legal requirements of confidentiality will be the sole responsibility of the acquiring party;