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Defining the scope of practice of enrolled nurses in medication administration in Australia: A review of the legislation

McEwan, B (2008). Defining the scope of practice of enrolled nurses in medication administration in Australia: A review of the legislation. Collegian,15(3):93-101.

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Title Defining the scope of practice of enrolled nurses in medication administration in Australia: A review of the legislation
Author McEwan, B
Journal Name Collegian
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1322-7696   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-46849100500
Start Page 93
End Page 101
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Netherlands, Australia
Publisher Elsevier BV
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Changing workforce patterns and changes in models of care delivery have renewed interest in the role of the enrolled nurse in Australia. A number of major reviews have confirmed the enrolled nurse as an integral member of the Australian health workforce and identified that the role of enrolled nurses is expanding in many practice settings. Medication administration is increasingly being delegated to enrolled nurses raising issues related to role, scope of practice, educational preparation, competence and delegation and supervision of nursing activities. Published reports and studies have identified a range of issues related to scope of practice nurses in Australia that have prompted the development of decision-making frameworks and a range of policies and guidelines to better define practice parameters. A review of the literature and documents available from various Australian nursing regulatory bodies related to medication administration by enrolled nurses was undertaken to determine the scope of practice of enrolled nurses in medication administration in Australia. The review confirmed that there is considerable variation in practice between jurisdictions, individual health care settings and on a daily basis in clinical practice. Despite the availability of a number of policy and practice guidelines, there is limited evidence on how they are used in clinical practice and the impact of variable policies on registered and enrolled nursing practice.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2007.12.001   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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