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EN competencies and education developed.

The Nursing Council has developed competencies and eight education programme standards for the new enrolled nurse (EN) scope of practice. Consultation with the sector about the draft competencies and standards has been underway, with the dosing date for submissions on March 15.

The EN education programme will be 1800 hours, equally divided between theory and clinical experience/simulation hours, with one third of the programme at level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority framework. The programme will consist of four modules: foundation, which will include 600 theory and 300 clinical experience/simulation hours; rehabilitation/long-term care/disability, which includes community-based care; acute care/medical/surgical; and mental health/dementia, which includes community-based care. The other three modules will each involve 100 theory and 200 clinical experience/simulation hours.

Four domains of competency

There are four domains of competency for the EN scope of practice and these are the same as those for registered nurses: professional responsibility; management of nursing care; interpersonal relationships; and inter-professional health care and quality improvement.

Each domain has a number of competencies and indicators for achieving each competency. Both the competencies and education standards are available on the Nursing Council's website:

Once the competencies and standards have been set, the transition arrangements for nurses registered in the EN and nurse assistant (NA) scopes of practice can be confirmed and new programmes approved. All nurses in these two scopes will be informed when transition arrangements have been finalised.

NZNO was developing its submission on the competencies and education standards as Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand went to press. The professional nurse adviser with EN responsibilities, Suzanne Rolls, said her initial impressions of the competencies were that they were very good.

"We will be ensuring that issues like medication administration are very explicit in the competencies as they are in the new education standards. If we do not make this strong link, there could be local variations and interpretations that inhibit EN practice," she said.

The Nursing Council was not prescriptive about the end point of the qualification, which NZNO wants at level 5, ie diploma level.

NZNO policy analyst Marilyn Head and Rolls will be writing NZNO's submission. The EN national committee and Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO will also be writing submissions.

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS; enrolled nurse
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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