Developing a professional recognition scheme for specialist nursing


Credentialing sets a standardised benchmark for the recognition of specialised practice in nursing. It is a mechanism that is used by nurses to promote the provision of quality health care within a given nursing specialty or area of practice.

Credentialing validates specialised knowledge, enhances professional credibility, and indicates achievement of specialist nursing standards by an individual nurse.

This website provides information about credentialing for nurses, including research, articles and links to credentialing programs.



Five specialty nursing organisations have worked collaboratively to develop a consistent, evidence based, credentialing program for specialist nurses.

The five organisations are:

  • College of Emergency Nursing Australasia
  • Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses

  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

  • Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

  • Palliative Care Nurses Australia