- What is nursing?
The ICN definition of nursing states that:
Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles. (ICN 2010).
In Australia, nursing is also defined through the enrolled nurse, registered nurse and nurse practitioner competencies, and the code of conduct and code of ethics for nurses in Australia.
2. What is Midwifery?
The ICM definition of midwifery states that:
A midwife is a person who has successfully completed a midwifery education program that is duly recognized in the country where it is located and that is based on the ICM essential competencies for basic midwifery practice and the framework of the ICM global standards for midwifery education; who has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and or legally licensed to practice midwifery and use the title ‘midwife’: and who demonstrates competence in the practice of midwifery.
3. Common practice to nursing and midwifery professions
Scope of Practice (every nurse and midwife should practice within their scope of practice as stipulated in the policy. The job description should be within the scope of practice)
While nurses work with a diverse range of people, the focus of midwifery is specific. The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council recognizes that certain elements of practice are common to nursing and midwifery.
Examples of common areas relevant to each profession’s scope of practice include:
- patient education
- wound care and infection control
- administration of medicines, and
- care of gynecological surgical patients.
The Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Council emphasizes that this is not a comprehensive list of elements common to nursing and midwifery, and that there is no standard approach. Assessment of applications and the case that a nurse or midwife may present to support their application is assessed on an individual by individual basis.
In addition, the Council recognizes that some similarities exist in the range of issues that nurses and midwives may face. In acknowledgement of the ICN and ICM definitions of nurses and midwives respectively, these similarities should be taken into account in the assessment of nurses and midwives with dual registration.
The Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Council appreciates that a number of roles exist where it may be necessary for a health professional to register as a nurse and a midwife. An example is work with pregnant women who have drug and alcohol issues.
- What registration is available for the nursing and midwifery professions?
You may seek registration with the Council:
- in nursing as a registered nurse or an enrolled nurse, or
- in midwifery as an enrolled midwife or registered midwifery
- What is the license for?
It is a statutory requirement for every nurse or midwife to have a license before he/she practices as a nurse or midwife. It is the license that gives a nurse or midwife permission to practice legally
- Does the license cover all the qualifications?
Yes it does cover so you have to renew for the recent qualification
- Why interview after passing the UNMEB exams?
Training of nurses and midwives is being done by Ministry of Education and Sports therefore the state exams are testing exit education competence and not competences for practice.
Employment and regulation of practice is done by Ministry of health which has to prove your competences before being deployed safely. Therefore this necessitates enlisting professional competences
- Must one renew while at school? Given the flexibility and delivery mode for advancing nursing and midwifery career, most of the nurses and midwives have the liberty to continue working or acquire part time jobs, in that regard a practicing license is required
- What is the fate of comprehensive nursing in Uganda? The council recognizes ECN as a legal accredited programme by Ministry of Education and Sports and therefore the council registers them as nurses at their different programme
- Why the changes in the renewal fee? All council fees are regularly reviewed depending on the cost of services. It therefore a good practice to cross check for the fee on the http://www.unmc.ug prior to renewing
- What is the role of the council?
- Licensure, credentialing, and accreditation
- Confer discipline to nurses and midwives
- Develop standards of nursing and midwifery, practice and training
- Protect the public from unsafe practice
- Accredit CPD programmes and providers
- What is the relevance of certification? Certified copies of your original certificate are requirement by the employers but it is one’s need
- Opening a private clinic?
A nurse or midwife requiring to practice privately in their own clinic or domiciliary home is required apply to the council, please assess requirements at (link to private practice) Refer to requirements
- How to renew a license?
- How does one become a council member? Council members represent their different institutions while others are nominated by the respective organizations and the ministers appoints them
- How can one check whether a nurse or midwife is licensed?
There are three main avenues at which one can verify whether a nurse or midwife is licensed to practice
- Using SMS. From the message on your phone, type cadre leave<space> full name then send it to 8198
- e.g Midwife Kobusingye Anna send to 8198
- From the website unmc.ug/licensed nurses/midwives
- facebook.com/unmc.ug and request for your license details
- Who a foreign trained nurse or midwife?
A nurse or midwife irrespective of the nationality who trained from a nursing and midwifery institution outside Uganda
- If I am a foreign trained nurse or midwife and would like to be recognized or work in Uganda as a nurse or midwife, what do I do?
You will be required to apply to the council (link for downloaded registration forms)
- What is CPD?
CPD is the means by which members of the professions maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.
- What is practice?
Practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a nurse and/or midwife. For the purposes of this registration standard, practice is not restricted to providing direct clinical care. It also includes working in a direct non-clinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/or use their professional skills.
- What is midwifery professional review?
Midwifery professional practice review requires the continuing collection of information and data that are then used at intervals of every three years in a formal professional review process.
The review is a process for assessing the competence of a midwife with the equivalent of three years’ full-time post registration experience, as well as their current competence to provide pregnancy, labour, birth and post natal care to women and infants across the continuum.
- I am currently not working in the profession but I am still registered (because I am retired and being out of bedside nursing (hospital) area for a long time but now I would like to practice etc.). Do I still need to do CPD?
This if for your own and public safety
Nurses and midwives may choose not to work in the profession for a variety of reasons (such as maternity leave, extended overseas travel, moving overseas, an extended career break or retirement) but may still wish to retain registration.
Under these circumstances, you must continue to undertake CPD in areas you are particularly interested in working.
Note: it is going to be a requirement before renewal of license; CPD credits will be required from accredited CPD providers