CHAPTER 325
">NURSES AND MIDWIVES REGISTRATION ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
THE NURSES AND MIDWIVES COUNCIL

   3.   Establishment and composition of the Council.

   4.   Registrar.

   5.   Functions of the Council.

PART III
ADMINISTRATION AND REGISTRATION

   6.   Register of nurses and midwives.

   7.   Registration and enrolment.

   8.   Temporary registration.

   9.   Provisional registration.

   10.   Forms of licences.

   11.   Application for retention of name in the register.

   12.   Appeal against suspension from practice or removal from the register.

   13.   Surrender of certificate on removal of name from the register.

   14.   Registration not to confer rights of qualified medical practitioner.

   15.   Duties of supervisory authority.

   16.   Notice of intention to practise and change of address.

PART IV
GENERAL PROVISIONS

   17.   Penalty for illegal practice.

   18.   Penalty for illegally procuring registration through false statement or document.

   19.   Penalty for commencing new school of nursing and maternity homes without Council's approval.

   20.   Notification.

   21.   Regulations.

   22.   [Repeal of R.L. Cap. 325.]

   23.   Savings.

CHAPTER 325
THE NURSES AND MIDWIVES REGISTRATION ACT

An Act to make provision for education, training, registration, enrolment and practice of nurses and midwives in their expanded role and scope of their practice and for connected matters.

[1st June, 1998]
[G.N. No. 239 of 1998]

Act No. 12 of 1997
G.N. No. 238 of 1998

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Nurses and Midwives Registration Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "approved nursing institution" means an institution or part of an institution approved by the Council under the provisions of this Act, providing a course of training leading to acquisition of a qualifying award;

   "Board" means a Board constituted in accordance with section 12 of this Act;

   "Committee" means a committee established by the Council under section 5 of this Act;

   "Council" means the Nurses and Midwives Council established under section 3 of this Act;

   "enrolled nurse or midwife" means a nurse or midwife whose names appears in the roll kept by the Council under this Act;

   "internship" means a prescribed period during which a nurse or a midwife is under test of professional competency of nursing pending full registration;

   "licence" means a licence to practise as a nurse or midwife in accordance with qualifications obtained;

   "midwife" means a person who has completed an approved midwifery programme duly recognised in the Tanzania or in any other country in which it is located has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the qualification requisite for registration or is licensed to practise midwifery;

   "midwifery" means giving care and supervision to a woman during pregnancy, labour and postpartum period and caring for the new born babies and infants;

   "Minister" means the Minister for the time being responsible for health affairs;

   "nurse" means a person who has completed an approved nursing course programme recognised for the time by the Council, registered and legally authorised to render services designed to promote health and prevent diseases, alleviate the suffering and rehabilitate the needy under this Act;

   "nurse specialist" means the nurse specialist trained beyond the level of a nurse and authorised to practise as a specialist with expertise in a branch of the nursing field which includes clinical, teaching, administration, research and consultant roles;

   "nursing" means assisting individuals or groups to maintain optimal health throughout the life process by assessing their health status. Establishing nursing diagnosis, planning and implementing a strategy of care to accomplish defined goals and evaluating responses to care and treatment;

   "private nursing homes" or "private maternity homes" means homes established by registered nurse/midwife to provide restorative, rehabilitative, curative and recuperative nursing care to an individual, a family or the community, by virtue of section 16 of this Act;

   "private practice" in relation to a nurse or midwife means to practice as a nurse or midwife other than as an employee of the Government;

   "qualifying award" means a professional or academic qualification by whatever name called, obtained from a school. College, University or other institution recognised by the Council which is a sufficient guarantee that the holder has an academic knowledge to practise in nursing or midwifery;

   "register" means the register of nurses and midwives kept by the Council under this Act;

   "registered" means registered under section 7 of this Act, and the expressions;

   "Registrar" means a Registrar to the Council appointed under section 4 of this Act;

   "roll" means an official document for enlisting names of nurses or midwives kept by the Council in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

   "supervisory authority" means a person appointed by the Council under paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section 5 of this Act to be a supervisory authority over any registered nurses or registered midwives, wherever practising.

PART II
THE NURSES AND MIDWIVES COUNCIL (ss 3-5)

3.   Establishment and composition of the Council

   (1) There is hereby established a council to be known as the Nurses and Midwives Council which shall consist of the following Council members–

   (a)   a Chairperson of the Council who shall be appointed by the Minister from amongst the most senior registered nurses;

   (b)   other members to be appointed by the Minister as follows:

      (i)   the Chief Nursing Officer;

      (ii)   a representative from the training section of the Ministry of Health;

      (iii)   a representative from Nursing services;

      (iv)   a representative from the Diploma Nursing Training School;

      (v)   a representative from the National Nurses Association;

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