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Ophthalmic nursing standards framework established

29/08/2018By Matthew Woodley
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The Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association National Council (AONAC) has released its first professional practice standards framework.

The Practice Standards for Ophthalmic Nurses in Australia, launched over the weekend at AONA-Queensland’s 30th Conference in Brisbane, outlines what is expected of ophthalmic nurses within the eyecare system. The chair of the AONANC, Ms Heather Machin, said the standards had been developed over the past 10 years and were designed to sit within the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

“As we enter a period where there is increased need for nurse engagement and involvement in ophthalmic services, we as nurses need to understand our role, what is expected of us, and how we can support the wider eyecare sector to reach the collective national eyecare needs. The Framework provides that foundation,” she said.



“We as nurses need to understand our role, what is expected of us, and how we can support the wider eyecare sector to reach the collective national eyecare needs.”
Heather Machin, AONANC

“Our development team, spearhead by Queensland nurse Amanda Wylie, examined ophthalmic nursing frameworks from around the world and cross-matched them to other nursing sub-specialist professionals in Australia, prior to devising a practice framework that is relevant to nursing and the eyecare sector in Australia.”

Discussions related to the framework and its implementation will take place at the Nursing Day Conference at this year’s RANZCO meeting on November 18 in Adelaide.

The Standards – A brief:

Domain 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Standard 1: Acts to enhance the continual development of individual practice and that of the specialty

Standard 2: Advancing the specialist body of knowledge in Ophthalmic Nursing

Domain 2: Maintains the capability for practice

Standard 3: Demonstrates and maintains specialist knowledge in ophthalmic nursing

Domain 3: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

Standard 4: Engages in legal and ethical nursing practice

Standard 5: Engages in health promotion and education activities

Domain 4: Provision and co-ordination of care

Standard 6: Manages patient’s ophthalmic health care.

More reading: The Standards.

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