Nurses and Midwives, did you know that there has been a new Code of Conduct for Nurses and Code of Conduct for Midwives released? The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has published the new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives (the codes). The codes will take effect for all nurses and midwives in Australia on 1 March 2018. The Nurses for Nurses Network has a created a quiz on these codes to assist Nurses to become familiar with the new Codes as well as attain a CPD hour for your professional development. Click here to read more about the quiz>>
Which Nurses does this apply to?
‘It’s important to remember that it is relevant for nurses in all practice settings, in Australia. The codes are written in recognition that nursing practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. Nursing practice settings extend to working in a non-clinical relationship with clients, working in management, leadership, governance, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory, policy development roles or other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/or use of the nurse’s professional skills.’
Why have the Codes?
The codes set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives in all practice settings.
The codes are important for the professions, as they support nurses and midwives to provide safe practice as part of their professional roles. They provide guidance to the public about the standard of conduct and behaviour it should expect from nurses and midwives, and help the NMBA protect the public by setting and maintaining standards for safe practice.
They provide guidance to the public about the standard of conduct and behaviour it should expect from nurses and midwives, and help the NMBA protect the public by setting and maintaining standards for safe practice.
‘All nurses and midwives have their own personal values and beliefs – but the codes of conduct provide specific standards of conduct and behaviour that all nurses and midwives in Australia need to meet,’
The codes outline information on bullying and harassment, professional boundaries, and cultural safety. The new codes are available on the NMBA website and will replace the existing Code of professional conduct for nurses and Code of professional conduct for midwives, as well as the professional boundaries documents, on 1 March 2018.
The Nurses for Nurses Network provides great information and CPD on an array of nursing topics in a range of easy learning ways including webinars and quizzes on the latest information that Nurses need to know – remember the Nurses for Nurses Network was created by Australian Nurses for Nurses! www.nursesfornurses.com.au