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If you are in clinical practice you need to be sure you are meeting the principles of the Nursing Council Code of Conduct and keeping records according to the Privacy Act (1993).
Professional indemnity should be held by every nurse however, this often is not the case. Even nurses in non-clinical practice should have indemnity insurance.
Check on your professional indemnity as this would be financially vital if any complaints were made against you.
RNs and NPs working within their scope can now issue medical and eyesight certificates for driver licensing.
Verifying and certifying death
Medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and intensive care paramedics are allowed by the Chief Coroner to verify death, including deaths which meet the criteria for reporting to the Coroner.
Only Nurse practitioners and medical practitioners are able to certify death and sign cremation certificates
There are three levels of prescribing authority for nurses and each level has its own educational requirements:
- Nurse practitioners are authorised to prescribe any prescription medicine
- Registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teams – prescribe from a schedule of common medicines for common and long-term conditions
- Registered nurse prescribing in community health - prescribe from a limited schedule of medicines.