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New Zealand Pain Management Knowledge and Skills Framework for Registered Nurses


posted by NZNO on 24 September 2013

New Zealand Registered Nurses (RNs) are required to prove their competence to practice under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act (2003), as well as demonstrate competence as a prerequisite for renewal of their practising certificate. The Act’s principal purpose is to protect the public’s health and safety by ensuring all health practitioners are competent and fit to deliver the care for which they are charged.

There are a number of frameworks by which this can be done, though none is specific to pain management nursing or accurately reflects the diversity of settings in which nurses’ practice. The New Zealand Pain Management Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework sets out the required knowledge and skills across the variety of areas of nursing practice where Registered Nurses will come into contact with people who have pain in the New Zealand context. It is cross-referenced to the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s (2007) competencies for registration.


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