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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia ENROLLED NURSE STANDARDS FOR PRACTICE 1 January 2016 NMP00006
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2 Enrolled nurse standards for practice | Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia | 1 January 2016 ENROLLED NURSES STANDARDS FOR PRACTICE Introduction The Enrolled nurse standards for practice are the core practice standards that provide the framework for assessing enrolled nurse (EN) practice. They communicate to the general public the standards that can be expected from ENs and can be used in a number of ways including: development of nursing curricula by education providers, assessment of students and new graduates, to assess nurses educated overseas seeking to work in Australia, and to assess ENs returning to work after breaks in service. In addition, they may also be used by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and relevant tribunals or courts to assess professional conduct or matters relating to notifications. The Enrolled nurse standards for practice replace the National competency standards for the enrolled nurse (2002). These contemporary standards reflect the role of the EN within the health environment. The standards for practice remain broad and principle-based so that they are sufficiently dynamic for practising nurses to use as a benchmark to assess competence to practise in a range of settings. The EN works with the registered nurse (RN) as part of the health care team and demonstrates competence in the provision of person-centred care. Core practice generally requires the EN to work under the direct or indirect supervision of the RN. At all times, the EN retains responsibility for his/her actions and remains accountable in providing delegated nursing care. The need for the EN to have a named and accessible RN at all times and in all contexts of care for support and guidance is critical to patient safety. Although the scope of practice for each EN will vary according to context and education, the EN has a responsibility for ongoing self and professional development to maintain their knowledge base through life-long learning, and continue to demonstrate the types of core nursing activities that an EN would be expected to undertake on entry to practice. Therefore the core standards in this document are the minimum standards that are applicable across diverse practice settings and health care populations for both beginning and experienced ENs. They are based on the Diploma of Nursing being the education standard. ENs engage in analytical thinking; use information and/or evidence; and skilfully and empathetically communicate with all involved in the provision of care, including the person receiving care and their family and community, and health professional colleagues.
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