This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to within work legal and ethical parameters in professional nursing practice, including supporting rights and meeting duty of care requirements.  This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines, and; - demonstrated, through involvement in 2 specific documented situations in the workplace, the ability to work within the legal and ethical parameters that apply to professional nursing practice.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (national, State/Territory, local) relevant to the nursing profession, and how these are applied in nursing practice; - application of ethical principles to enrolled nurse practice, and; - application of the law to enrolled nurse practice.

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