Standards & Guidance

Considerations in determining scope: collaborative practice

Collaborative practice occurs when “multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.” (World Health Organization 2010:7)

A key aspect of collaborative practice is the professional relationship between nurses and midwives, and other health care professionals. Collaborative practice requires respectful, effective communication and appropriate documentation – these are essential elements in providing safe, quality health care to patients and in identifying and managing risks. Knowledge and understanding of the scope of practice for all health care professionals should underpin collaborative practice relationships. Each nurse and midwife is responsible for informing other health care professionals about their own individual scope of practice. The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives sets out the values, standards of conduct and supports for collaboration with others.

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Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework

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