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Domain 1:

responsibility Professional Development and
Recognition Programme (PDRP)
Competency 1.1: Accepts responsibility
for ensuring that his/her nursing
practice and conduct meet the
standards of the professional, ethical
and relevant legislated requirements.
Identify one professional, one
ethical and one legislated requirement Reference List:
most relevant to your area of practice Health and Disability Commissioner. (1996). Code of Health
and describe how you ensure that and Disability Services Code of Rights. Retrieved from
nursing practice and conduct meets
Nursing Council of New Zealand. (2007). Competencies for
each of them and how you assisted a registered nurses. Wellington: Author. Retrieved from
colleague to comply with one of these
requirements. Nursing Council of New Zealand. (2012a). Code of Conduct.
Wellington: Author.
Consider what legislation, codes, guidelines
Nursing Council of New Zealand. (2012b). Competencies for
or policies relate to your practice? How do enrolled nurses. Wellington: Author. A series of pamphlets to assist nurses with writing
these documents guide and impact on how Privacy Commissioner. (1994). Quick tour of the Health examples of practice in their professional portfolios.
you practice? Reading them is insufficient Information Privacy Code. Retrieved from
evidence, evidence of putting them into and-pubs/Quick-Tour-of-the-Health-Information-Privacy-
practice is required. What specific advice or Principles.doc
education have you given to a colleague?

To demonstrate that practice is evidence

based, to acknowledge sources of
information and to demonstrate you
have knowledge of documents that have
implications for practice (NCNZ, 2007, p.9): Acknowledgement:
It is expected you will name these Pamphlet Author: K.M.Fraser. RN. MN.
Nurse Coordinator: Professional Development and
when you are referring to them. Recognition Programme (PDRP).
(NCNZ, 2007, 2012b). Email:

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Legislation Professional Ethics
Medicines Act (1981) Organisation New Zealand Nurses Organisation, (2010).
The Medicines Act is to regulate medicines, related Policies/guidelines/protocols/standing orders and procedures Code of Ethics.
products and medical devices in New Zealand. The will all have their foundation in legislation, research, evidence Wellington: Author.
Act ensures the medicines and products used in based practice and standards for the profession.
New Zealand are safe and effective. The Code of Ethics document assists nurses with
Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) problem solving and decision making to guide
Health Practitioners Competence Is appointed under the HPCA 2003 as the governing body practice in the clinical context of ethical dilemmas
Assurance Act (2003) for nurses. and situations where they are challenged in the
complexity of the professional environment.
The Act is to protect the health and safety of the
members of public and provides mechanisms NCNZ publish documents NCNZ Roles and
to ensure all health practitioners are competent to support standards of Responsibilities Please Note:
and fit to practice. practice in the profession • Maintain the The Nursing Council Code of Conduct is NOT a
Various councils are appointed and become • Code of Conduct register of nurses Code of Ethics – it does not seek to describe ethical
responsible for professionals under their mandate. • Guidelines of • Issue annual values of the profession or to provide specific advice
Professional Boundaries practicing certificates on ethical issues, ethical frameworks or ethical
decision making (NCNZ, 2012a, p.3).
Health and Disability Commissioners Act • Guidelines for • Monitor continuing
Social Media competence and fitness The Code of Conduct is the professional document
(1994) to practice
• Guidelines for and gives a set of standards defined by the NCNZ
The Act is to promote and protect the rights of • Set standards of
Cultural Safety describing the behaviour or conduct for the nursing
consumers and to facilitate fair, simple, speedy and practice and education
• Direction and Delegation profession and compliments the legal obligations
efficient resolution of complaints.
nurses have under various acts of parliament.
The Act mandates and regulates what people’s
rights are when receiving treatment through health Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers
The Code of Rights is based on the central right of
and disability services. Rights (1996)
health care consumers to be empowered to make
Every person has rights when receiving health and/or disability fully informed choices when treatment options are
Privacy Act (1993) services and for these to be enforced. explored with health practitioners.
Controls how agencies collect, use, disclose, store, The code sets out ten rights – each right imposes a
destroy and give access to ‘personal information’. corresponding legal duty of care on health care providers. Ethical Principals Apply to:
At the heart of the Privacy Act are 12 privacy Sometimes referred to as the “Code of Consumers Rights”,
or simply “Code of Rights”. “Right to care”
principles to guide health practitioners. “Right to information”
The Health Information Privacy Code has a set of 12
“Right to be informed”
rules that guides and regulates the management of
health information. These are based on the privacy Health Information Privacy Code (1994)
principles to ensure individuals are not actually, or Provides a set of twelve rules for patient information collection,
potentially harmed. unique identifier, accuracy, storage and security, access,
sharing and limits.
Failure to comply with the rules can result in severe legal
penalties for the individual and/or organisation breaching
the principles.