SINGAPORE NURSING BOARD
—(1) There shall be established a body, to be known as the Singapore Nursing Board, which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal.
(2) The Board shall consist of the following members:
the Director of Medical Services or his representative;
the Director-General of Education or his representative;
the Chief Nursing Officer; and
14 other members to be appointed by the Minister, of whom at least —
9 shall be registered or enrolled nurses with at least 5 years’ experience in the practice of nursing; and
2 shall be registered midwives with at least 5 years’ experience in the practice of midwifery.
(3) Only a citizen or permanent resident of Singapore may be appointed as a member.
(4) An appointed member shall hold office for a term of 3 years or such shorter period as the Minister may in any case determine, and shall be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of his term of office.
4. The Minister may remove an appointed member from office if he —
is an undischarged bankrupt;
has been found guilty in Singapore or elsewhere of professional misconduct;
has been convicted in Singapore or elsewhere of an offence involving dishonesty, fraud or moral turpitude;
is unable to satisfactorily carry out the duties of his office because of a mental or physical disability; or
is absent without leave of the Board from 3 consecutive meetings of the Board or any of its committees.
—(1) The office of an appointed member shall become vacant if —
his term of office expires;
he resigns by written notice to the Minister;
he ceases to satisfy the qualifications referred to in section 3 by virtue of which he was eligible for appointment; or
he is removed from office under section 4.
(2) Upon the office of an appointed member becoming vacant, the Minister shall appoint a person to the vacant office, and the person so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term for which his predecessor would have held office if the vacancy had not occurred.
(3) The Board may act notwithstanding any vacancy in the Board.
(4) No act done by or by the authority of the Board shall be invalid in consequence of any defect that is afterwards discovered in the appointment of the members or any of them.
—(1) At any meeting of the Board, 7 members shall form a quorum.
(2) Any decision at a meeting of the Board shall be adopted by a simple majority of the votes of the members present and voting and, in the case of an equality of votes, the member presiding at that meeting shall have a casting vote.
(3) Subject to this Act, the Board may regulate its own procedure.
8. The functions of the Board are —
to approve or reject applications for registration and enrolment of nurses and for registration of midwives;
to approve or reject applications for certification of Advanced Practice Nurses;
to issue practising certificates;
to accredit —
courses in Singapore for the purposes of registration and enrolment of nurses, registration of midwives and certification of Advanced Practice Nurses;
courses in Singapore which provide qualifications in nursing or midwifery in addition to those required for registration and enrolment; and
the institutions in Singapore offering any of these courses;
to regulate standards for the training and education of registered nurses, enrolled nurses, registered midwives and Advanced Practice Nurses;
to regulate the standards and scope of practice of registered nurses, enrolled nurses, registered midwives and Advanced Practice Nurses;
to regulate the professional conduct and ethics of registered nurses, enrolled nurses, registered midwives and Advanced Practice Nurses; and
generally to do all such acts, matters and things as are necessary or authorised to be carried out under this Act.
9. The Board may appoint an executive secretary and such other employees on such terms as the Board may determine.
—(1) The Board may appoint one or more committees for any general or special purpose which, in the opinion of the Board, may be better dealt with or managed by a committee.
(2) The Board may delegate to any committee so appointed, with or without restrictions or conditions as the Board thinks fit, any of the powers or functions which may be exercised or performed by the Board.
(3) The number and term of office of the members of a committee and the number of those members necessary to form a quorum shall be fixed by the Board.
(4) A committee may include persons who are not members of the Board.
(5) The Board may continue to exercise any power conferred upon it or perform any function under this Act notwithstanding the delegation of such power or function under this section.
(6) This section shall not apply to a Complaints Committee.