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Information for Nurses and Midwives on Scope of Practice in Emergency Situations

Home News Latest News Information for Nurses and Midwives on Scope of Practice in Emergency Situations
March 20, 2020


Statement

‘In response to concerns that nurses and midwives may have about extending their scope of practice during the current COVID-19 emergency situation, the Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework (NMBI, 31 October 2015) has a specific section dealing with emergency situations. 

‘In response to concerns that nurses and midwives may have about extending their scope of practice during the current COVID-19 emergency situation, the Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework (NMBI, 31 October 2015) has a specific section dealing with emergency situations.

Section 4.9 states that “The guidance presented in this document supports a nurse or midwife taking appropriate action in emergency and/or life threatening situations. At all times, the overall benefit to the patient must be served in these situations.” 

At any time when concerns are raised about the practice of a nurse or midwife, the context and circumstances that prevailed at the time will always be taken into consideration. This would be particularly so in the context of the current public health emergency.’ 

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