Case study

Effective Communications

The Council received a notification in relation to a patient who presented at an Emergency Unit with a loss of vision and an unrelenting headache. The patient first presented at changeover time and was assigned a nurse. The assigned nurse did not provide the patient...

Are you registration ready? Don’t take the risk of making a false declaration!

In order to practise in Australia and under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, all nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's registration standards . Your general or non-...

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – are you meeting registration requirements?

All practicing health practitioners are required to participate regularly in CPD relevant to their scope of practice in order to maintain, develop, update and enhance their knowledge, skills and performance to help them deliver appropriate and safe care. When...

Managing Professional Boundaries: Professional v's Personal Relationships

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have recently commenced running a program of events about their role and responsibilities across NSW. Interactive workshops and forums have been exploring patient safety and the shared responsibility of nurses, midwives and regulators...

Administering Vaccinations: What do you need to know?

Immunisation is a targeted public health initiative to protect the individual and community. The Council currently is managing a number of cases involving the inaccurate administration of immunisations, so we wanted to shed some light on your responsibilities and where...

Criticality of Observations - Mental Health Settings

The Council has recently been managing a number of cases from mental health settings where nurses did not undertake observations of patients at the required level, and documentation of observations had been falsely recorded. This particular case resulted in tragic...

Are you completing appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

A complaint was made to the Council about an experienced Registered Nurse and Midwife who had recently transferred her scope of practice from an acute setting to a community based setting. As part of her role, the practitioner was required to administer vaccines and...
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'Need to know' provides nurses and midwives in NSW with case studies, spotlight articles on practice issues and news items. Links to pdf copies of previous newsletters can be found below.

Observations are critical in patient safety

A complaint alleging unsatisfactory professional conduct was made against a Registered Nurse (RN) who it was claimed failed in his obligations during a night shift when he was in charge of an Acute Mental Health Ward at a public hospital. During the night shift, one...

Responding and communicating appropriately to patient deterioration

In May 2016, the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) held an inquiry into the conduct of two Registered Nurses (RNs). A six-month old baby was taken to the Emergency Department of a rural hospital and was under the care of both the nurses. On arrival at the hospital...

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