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Registered Nurse Practice in Contemporary Aged Care

McDonald, T. A., 2006

RCNA Conference, Cairns Queensland.


Background: Professional nursing roles in the aged care environment have altered in response to changes in resident profiles and workforce diversity. Throughout these developments, community and professional expectations of registered nurses have supported practice development opportunities that encompass benefits to all involved. Aged care nursing is uniquely different from acute hospital practice and it is important that we examine these differences and what they mean to the nurses who choose aged care as their field of nursing.

Objective: In this workshop opportunities will occur to identify and discuss drivers of change to the RN role; domains of influence on RN decision-making in the aged care context; an examination of a unique model of RN practice currently in use in aged care; and an opportunity to debate the research that has led to this new philosophy of aged care nursing and description of contemporary aged care practice.

Methods: Participants will be able to review the professional obligations of registered nurses including competencies, boundaries of practice and codes of ethics and conduct. Opportunities will also occur for participants to address issues around delegation, supervision and team work within their employment context.

Results: A review occurred of position and role descriptions for registered nurses in their own organisations; policies on delegation and supervision; policies on team leadership and team support.

CITATION McDonald T. A model of nursing for contemporary aged care environments (2006). Royal College of Nursing Conference, Leaders, Pioneers and Innovators. Cairns July 2006.


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