This unit of study focuses on the professional and leadership aspects of the role which are essential to the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice. The contemporary legal, ethical and political issues surrounding the Nurse Practitioner's ability to provide care will also be explored.
The study material is delivered in a way that whatever the specialty area of practice is, students will be able to contribute to the discussions, and will be able to apply knowledge to their own practice situation.
This topic aims to prepares the nurse practitioner for their future role as a clinical and professional leader. Students examine the political, ethical, professional and legal aspects of their role. They examine the essential requirements of the continuous quality cycle and clinical governance. This topic is based in the requirements for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Law Act (2009). This includes the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Competency Standards for Nurses Practitioners.