Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTENN008, 'Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Perform within scope of professional nursing practice.

1.1 Identify legal and regulatory requirements including Acts and guidelines, and explain how these requirements impact own nursing practice.

1.2 Comply with requirements of current legislation related to nursing practice and identify implications of non-compliance.

1.3 Apply codes of ethics, codes of conduct and the content of enrolled nurse competency standards for practice in own nursing practice.

1.4 Function within the scope of jurisdictional requirements for enrolled nurse practice.

1.5 Respond to each person in accordance with organisation policy and procedures, including responding appropriately and sensitively to complaints.

1.6 Refer outside requests for a person’s information to a registered nurse.

1.7 Complete all documentation in accordance with State/Territory legislation and organisation policy and procedures.

1.8 Monitor own compliance with legal obligations and requirements.

2. Apply knowledge of the legal framework to nursing practice.

2.1 Demonstrate knowledge of relevant law, including legal processes, principles and penalties in own nursing practice.

2.2 Accurately apply concepts of negligence, duty of care and vicarious liability to professional practice as an enrolled nurse.

2.3 Obtain required consent to treatment from each person before undertaking treatment or processes.

2.4 Apply principles of restraint appropriately, demonstrating the correct intent and application of restraint.

2.5 Use correct common legal terms associated with nursing practice, and correctly interpret their meaning and implications for nursing practice.

2.6 Apply legal requirements and organisation expectations and requirements in writing reports in own nursing practice.

2.7 Apply mandatory reporting processes in line with jurisdictional requirements.

2.8 Observe the person’s privacy and confidentiality requirements in accordance with legislative requirements and organisation policy and procedures.

2.9 Interpret referrals or requests for tests on receipt, ensuring the nature and requirements of tests are correctly identified, and seek clarification where required.

3. Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice.

3.1 Identify and describe the concept of ethics and its place in nursing practice.

3.2 Demonstrate ethical practice in own interactions with the person and their family or carers and colleagues.

3.3 Maintain own awareness of contemporary ethical issues and potential conflicts of interest that may impact nursing practice.

3.4 Identify, document and report potential ethical issues in accordance with organisation policies and procedures.

3.5 Develop and implement strategies to resolve ethical issues within own nursing practice in accordance with role parameters.

4. Support the rights, interests and needs of the person and their family.

4.1 Comply with legal responsibilities and duty of care requirements in all care activities and other interactions with the person, their family and carer.

4.2 Support the person’s rights, interests and decisions.

4.3 Encourage the person to exercise their right to make informed decisions about their care.

4.4 Demonstrate respect and support for the dignity of the person and their family members.

4.5 Advocate for the person, their family or carer in accordance with jurisdictional enrolled nurse scope of practice.

5. Apply open disclosure processes.

5.1 Research and reflect on the practice of open disclosure and how it applies to own role as an enrolled nurse.

5.2 Apply the principles and processes of open disclosure in own work in a health care environment.

5.3 Identify the roles of other health care workers in relation to open disclosure.