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Scopes of practice
Under the HPCA Act, every nurse has a scope of practice. The scopes of practice and qualifications are listed below. The three scopes of practice are:
- Registered Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner
- Enrolled Nurse.
Conditions placed in scope of practice
The Act allows the Council to include conditions in a nurse’s scope of practice describing the specific area of practice he or she may work in. These conditions may apply to nurse practitioners, registered nurses or enrolled nurses. The common class conditions applied to nurses registered under the Nurses Act 1977 are included in the table below.
The Council can also place other conditions in a nurse’s scope of practice to ensure competence or safety of the public. Examples of these conditions include the requirement to complete professional development hours or to practice under supervision. All conditions are shown on a nurse’s practising certificate. Not all conditions are displayed on the public register and employers can contact the Council for more information.
How nurses were transferred into the new scopes
The following table outlines how registration under the Nurses Act translated to the new scopes of practice.
Scope of Practice
|Registered Comprehensive Nurse||Registered Nurse|
|Registered General & Obstetric Nurse||Registered Nurse||May practise only in general and obstetric nursing|
|Registered Psychiatric Nurse||Registered Nurse||May practise only in mental health nursing|
|Registered Psychopaedic Nurse||Registered Nurse||May practise only in settings which provide services for consumers with intellectual disabilities|
|Registered General Nurse||Registered Nurse||May practise only in general nursing|
|Registered Obstetric Nurse||Registered Nurse||May practise only within a maternity setting under the direction of a midwife or a medical practitioner|
|Nurse Practitioner||Nurse Practitioner||May practise (and prescribe) only within a specific designated area of practice|
The sections below give more details for specific nursing roles.