The Council has become aware of some practice websites listing "practice nurses", or similar, as part of their staff.
While in some cases these practitioners may be entitled to call themselves nurses, some are not.
We remind practitioners that the title "nurse" is protected under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in the same way that oral health practitioner titles such as "dentist" or "dental hygienist" are.
This means no one can call themselves a nurse, or imply that they are a nurse, unless they are registered with the Nursing Council and hold a current practising certificate issued by the Nursing Council.
We ask all practitioners to ensure anyone within their practice who uses the title "nurse" as part of their job title is legally entitled to do so. Please amend any incorrect listings on your website or other advertising material.