Nurse Online Registration Management System
06 July 2018
March, April and June, 2018
Siem Reap and 10 selected provinces, Cambodia
All Cambodian nurses who exercise as medical professional assistants must register with the Cambodian Council of Nurses (CCN). In order to ease the feasibility of the registration to all nurses everywhere in the country, the online registration system was developed and launched in late March 2018.
To make the new online registration system work smoothly and successfully, the CCN organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Online Registration Management System on March 15, 2018 in Siem Reap province. Around 50 participants from all regional and provincial heads of the council participated to become ToT for the sub-national trainings that would be organized later.
With the intention of improving the quality of the health care services and ensure that the safety of all Cambodians receiving these health care services, the Ministry of Health (MoH) released a new law on Regulation of Health Practitioners in late 2016. This new law allows the CCN to effectively regulate their profession. The CCN wants to make sure that all nurses have the necessary qualifications and are competent to practice their profession and are easily identifiable by everyone: patients, the community, employers and education providers.
The registration as a health professional is a basic step to start a nursing career and it’s for life; being registered means that the Council acknowledges a person as being technically trained and holding a qualification recognized by the MoH. It also means that the individual has no mental or physical health condition that will impair his/her professional practice and no criminal conviction in Cambodia or other countries. Once registered with their respective Councils, they are known as health professionals and can use the title of Doctor, Dentist, Midwife, Nurse or Pharmacist. Furthermore, to legally practice their nursing profession, nurses need to apply for a license to practice; otherwise, they are not allowed to exercise their nursing profession. Besides the national registration, in the near future, Cambodian nurses will be able to register regionally in order to work in the ASEAN Member States-AMS (ASEAN region) through the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ASEAN MRA-NS) and globally.
GIZ, the main development partner, strongly stressed out on how important the registration is and the role of nursing regulatory authority-CCN. Ministry of Health, CCN and GIZ are jointly working on ASEAN MRA-NS, which aims at enhancing work force skills, qualifications and service delivery and at promoting the mobility of skilled labour in the future.
To quickly promote this new online registration system to ordinary nurses in all the provinces, especially the provinces with low rate of registered nurses, the CCN with technical and financial support from GIZ, organized sub-national trainings to all the Lead Nurses in ten selected provinces namely Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Udor Meanchey, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear and Steung Treng, in April and June 2018. The ToT in each of the mentioned provinces successfully provided the trainings with the strong technical support of a GIZ advisor to ensure smooth and clear instructions. By the end of the trainings, all of those Lead Nurses were able to disseminate the information and train ordinary nurses in their work place, making them aware of the new system and able to use the system by themselves, since it helps them to save both time and money.
The follow-up sessions will be done in the next three months in those selected provinces to see the progress of nurse registrations compared to the status before the trainings were provided.
ASEAN-German Cooperation Project “Support to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI)” supports implementing ASEAN agreements including Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs). The project operates in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam until November 2018.
For more information, please contact GIZ IAI Senior Advisor Ms. Kamrang Ke ([email protected])