Standards & Guidance

Considerations in determining scope: practice setting

The practice setting refers to both the place in which nurses and midwives work and the nature of the working environment. It includes the kind of service being offered and the complexity of care required by the patient. Practice settings can include private and public healthcare organisations, primary care settings, as well as the community, and places like factories, schools, higher educational institutions, prisons, an individual’s home and other settings.

Nursing and midwifery PPPGs can vary from setting to setting and can impact on the individual practitioner’s capacity to practice effectively and to determine their scope of practice. Relevant practice guidance, legislation, regulation and PPPGs need to be in place to support nurses and midwives in whatever practice setting they operate.

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Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework

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