MANAGEMENT: Job Description




Code of Conduct for Nurses


The Code provides a guide for:
• The public to assess the minimum standards expected of nurses
• Nurses to monitor their own performance and that of their colleagues (Nursing Council of NZ, 2009) HERE


Scope of Practice

On 18th September 2004 the current registers were replaced by four scopes of practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003 by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Every nurse who was on the register or roll was transferred onto the new register with the appropriate scope and conditions. The four scopes of practice are: registered nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse assistant and enrolled nurse. It is each nurses individual responsibility to ensure that he/she works with in their appropriate scope of practice (NCNZ, 2006). Registered Nurse scope of practice and competencies HERE and Enrolled Nurse scope of practice and competencies HERE. Please note that all Enrolled Nurses must work under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.


Nursing Standards


Based on the initial 11 competencies put out by Nursing Council a list of indicators of how to meet these competencies was developed. These 11 were reduced to 4 but include all areas therefore this document may assist nurses with further indicators of how to meet the competencies for HPCA (NCNZ, 2006) HERE


Appraisal

Registered Nurses working as part of the support staff within a school can expect to be part of the school’s annual appraisal process. The primary purpose of appraisal is to provide feedback and identify training needs as a member of the school staff. The annual appraisal process is usually an opportunity to ensure that your job description is current and reflects the realities of the work you are requested to do and the tasks required from the annual school planning cycle. The following document was collated by the CM Health SHARP team with acknowledgement of the contributions from schools and nurses who have kindly agreed to share the appraisal templates that they currently use HERE

Registered Nurse Job Description

A generic job description able to be tailored to a specific school including:
• person specification,
• experience, knowledge
• personal attributes
• functional relationships
• states who to be supervised by and responsible to

The job description then divides KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) into the four domains in line with in HPCA Act requirements:
• Professional Responsibility
• Management of Nursing Care
• Interpersonal relationships
• Inter-professional healthcare and quality improvement
This format can be used in conjunction with an appraisal as columns are available to indicate comments and achievements (Bennetts & Verrall, 2006) HERE


Enrolled Nurse Job Description


A generic job description able to be tailored to a specific school including:
• person specification,
• experience, knowledge
• personal attributes
• functional relationships
• states who to be supervised by and responsible to

The job description then divides KPI’s (key performance indicators) into the 11 domains outlined in HPCA Act. These 11 domains have now been reduce to 4 by Nursing Council but the KPI’s and outcomes remain the same:
• Professional Responsibility
• Management of Nursing Care
• Interpersonal relationships
• Inter- professional healthcare and quality improvement
This format can be used in conjunction with an appraisal as columns are available to indicate comments and achievements (Bennetts & Verrall, 2006) HERE


Registered Nurse Checklist

Nursing Council of NZ requires the nurse to provide evidence that each of the Domains of competence has been met. The competencies in each domain have a number of key generic examples of competence performance called indicators. The indicators are designed to assist the assessor when using his/her professional judgment in assessing the attainment of the competencies.

Using the format developed for the job description this check list will assist the school nurse to provide the evidence required HERE


HPCA Requirements

This Document outlines what the Nursing Council of NZ requires you to do to obtain your practicing certificate.

This section will guide you through the competencies required under the Health Practitioners Competency Act (HPCA) (Bennetts, 2006) HERE


Reviewed March 2012
Updated November 2017


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