The Registration Directorate registers Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives who have completed their nursing and midwifery education in accredited institutions and were successful in the Licensing examination.
Registration with N&MC assures the public, employers and colleagues that a nurse or midwife:
Has the qualifications needed to practice
Has not had his or her name removed from the Register for misconduct
Is working in a regulated profession
Registered Nurses and Midwives practice independently and in collaboration with other health professionals, perform general nursing and midwifery functions, and supervise Nurse Assistants and others.
Registered nurses and midwives use knowledge and judgment to:
assess health needs
Advise and support people to manage their health.
Nurse Assistants are healthcare providers who have undergone two- year training in Health Assistant Clinical or Community Health Nursing programmes. They provide healthcare to patients or clients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Midwife.
PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION
Upon passing the Council’s licensing examination, a Nurse Assistant, Nurse or Midwife is required to go through the following procedure to be registered to practice legally in the country:
Go to the Council’s Regional Office (the Region in which your institution of training is located).
Present your Results Slip (Letter from the Council indicating that you have passed the licensing examination). You will be required to complete a Registration Form and pay a non-refundable Registration Fee.
You will be issued with:
A Log Book for rotation.
Provisional License and Code for National Service registration.
After completing the Rotation/National Service, you would be required to return the Log Book and Provisional License to the Regional Office where you registered and await your PIN and Certificate of Registration.
The approved fees for Registration are follows:
Basic with Badge and Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics GHC 200
Post Basic (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics added) GHC 200
Auxiliary (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics added) GHC 170
Penalty for Late Registration
Six (6) months after release of Results. GHC 100
More than one year after release of Results. GHC 150
More than two years after release of Results. GHC 200
Moe than five years after release of Results. GHC 1,000
More than ten years after release of Results. GHC 2,000
Penalty for practising without collecting Certificate of Registration
After one year GHC 100
After two years GHC 200
After five years GHC 500
After Ten years GHC 1000
Practising without Badge GHC 100
Issuance of Professional Identification Number PIN and Auxiliary Identification Number (AIN)
The Council issues Professional Identification Numbers (PIN) to Nurses and Midwives upon completion of the Registration process.
Nurse Assistants are also issued with Auxiliary Identification Number (AIN) after registration.
Renewal of PIN or AIN
A PIN or AIN once issued, expires in twelve (12) calendar months. Any Nurse Assistant, Nurse or Midwife whose PIN or AIN expires is required to apply through the Council’s Regional Offices.
The PIN or AIN will be renewed upon submission of the following prescribed requirements:
The applicant must have accumulated the required Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points with; Two (2) Current Passport Pictures in Prescribed Uniform over a Red background for Nurse Assistants (Auxiliaries) and Two (2) Current Passport-size Pictures in Prescribed Uniform over a White background for Nurse.
The required minimum CPD points for PIN/AIN renewal are as follows
Category Required CPD Points
Nurse Assistants: Ten (10) Points
CHN, EN, NAC & NAP
Staff Nurses/Staff Midwives up to Fifteen (15) Points
Nursing / Midwifery Officers
Senior Nursing/Midwifery Officer/ Twenty (20) Points
Health Tutor/Assistant Lecturers and above
Applicants shall pay the prescribed fee as shown below:
The applicant will be required to complete a PIN or AIN Renewal Form. An instant PIN or AIN would be issued.
PIN or AIN (for Newly qualified Nurses, Midwives and Nurse Assistants GHC 50
Practitioners without PIN or AIN GHC 320
Yearly Renewal GHC 50
Change for a new PIN or AIN card which has not expired GHC 40
Replacement of Lost/Missing PIN or AIN GHC 43
Relevance of PIN or AIN
The PIN confirms ones professional status,
No employer will employ any Nurse Assistant, Nurse or Midwife without a PIN or AIN,
It could be used for employment in the private sector even while on retirement.
It is an offence to practice as a Nurse Assistant, Nurse or Midwife without a valid PIN or AIN. This attracts a penalty and or imprisonment as enshrined under Section 73 (d) of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857).
Registration of Foreign-Trained Nurses and Midwives (Permanent):
Foreign-trained Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives who wish to practise in the country would be required to pass a Licensing Examination and satisfy other requirements before they are registered.
1. Transcript of training
2. Three (3) passport-sized photographs
3. A copy of Birth Certificate
4. Photocopies of Professional Certificates (original copy to be presented for inspection)
5. Marriage certificate where applicable
6. Two (2) testimonials from previous/current employers where you have practiced for at least one year
7. Copy of last appointment letter
8. Verification of registration from the original Council/Board.
9. Copy of certificate of proficiency in English from approved school of languages.
Upon fulfilling all eligibility requirements, applicants are required to sit for a written examination. The fee for the examination is …..? The amount is subject to review from time to time. The examination is organized twice a year that is, June and December.
After the written examination successful candidates will:
1. Complete Registration Forms and pay a fee of $ 125 or its Ghana cedi equivalent to the Council.
2. Undergo a three- month practical orientation programme in a Teaching, Regional or any hospital accredited by the Council.
3. Be registered to practice based on satisfactory performance during the practical orientation programme.
A provisional license for newly qualified foreign trained Nurses and Midwives would attract a fee of $ 125 or its Ghana cedi equivalent.
Documents which are in Languages other than English should be translated into English with a copy of the document in the original language attached to it.
What does CPD mean?
CPD is the acronym for Continuing Professional Development. It is the process through which professionals update and improve their knowledge and skills to assist them perform better in their careers.
CPD is ‘continuing’ because learning never stops! CPD is ‘professional’ because it is about maintaining the specialized knowledge and skills that nurses and midwives need in order to carry out their work. CPD is about ‘development’ because it is about moving towards something better so it will help raise the standards of healthcare across the country.
All Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives wherever they work – in hospitals, clinics, health centres, training schools, universities, nursing & midwifery organizations, commercial companies, charities, orphanages, schools and NGOs are encouraged to pursue CPD programmes from time to time because it is a requirement for renewal of PIN or AIN.
Where will CPD activities be carried out?
The Council will organize CPD programmes nationwide every year. The Council’s CPD programme is based on 3 key aspects - Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes. Some organisations have also been accredited by the Council to run CPD programmes. They are; FOCOS, MSSI, The Health Institute, Ghana, Princefield College, STREC Limited and Africa Partners Medical, Ghana.
In addition to the accredited CPD providers, hospitals and training institutions can also organize such programmes. Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives will be responsible for organizing their attendance at these sessions and keeping their Logbook updated. Some CPD activities will be part of regular in-service training, some might be external training courses, meetings or conferences.
NB: To know about upcoming CPD progammes, please visit the event calendar on our website frequently for updated information.