Area of nursing practice code NN
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 10/12/2009|
|Definition:||The codeset representing the area of practice in which a nurse spent the most hours in the week prior to registration.|
|Maximum character length:||2|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
CODE 01 AGED CARE
Nursing care to the elderly in community settings, residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and health care facilities.
CODE 02 CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH
Nursing care to children from birth to school age and their families with an emphasis on the prevention, early detection of, and early intervention in, physical, emotional and social problems affecting children and their families such as assistance with parentcraft, immunisation and developmental milestones.
CODE 03 COMMUNITY HEALTH
Nursing care, health counselling, screening and education to individuals, families and groups in the wider community with a focus on patient independence and health promotion.
CODE 04 CRITICAL CARE AND EMERGENCY
Provides nursing care to critically ill patients and patients with unstable health following injury, surgery or during the acute phase of diseases, integrating new technological equipment into care in settings such as high dependency units, intensive care units, emergency departments or retrieval services.
CODE 05 EDUCATION
Design, planning, implementation, evaluation and delivery of nursing education and staff development programs, and management of educational resources.
CODE 06 MANAGEMENT
Management of a health service unit or sub-unit of a hospital, aged care or community health care facility, supervision of nursing staff and financial resources to enable the provision of safe, cost effective nursing care within a specified field or for a particular unit, and monitoring of quality, clinical standards and professional development of nurses.
CODE 07 MEDICAL
Nursing care to patients with conditions, such as infections, metabolic disorders and degenerative conditions, which require medical intervention in a range of health, aged care and community settings.
CODE 08 GENERAL PRACTICE/MEDICAL PRACTICE
Clinical care to patients, clinical organisation and practice administration, and the facilitation of communication within a general practice environment and between the practice and outside organisations and individuals.
CODE 09 MENTAL HEALTH
Nursing care to patients with mental health illness, disorder and dysfunction, and those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress and crisis in health, welfare and aged care facilities, correctional services and the community.
CODE 10 MIDWIFERY
Nursing care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units.
CODE 11 PAEDIATRICS
Providing nursing care and advice regarding internal diseases and disorders in children from birth up to, and including, adolescence.
CODE 12 PERI-OPERATIVE
Nursing care to patients before, during and immediately after surgery, assessment of patients' condition, planning of nursing care for surgical intervention, maintenance of a safe and comfortable environment, assistance to Surgeons and Anaesthetists during surgery, and monitoring of patients' recovery from anaesthetic, prior to return to, or discharge from, ward.
CODE 13 REHABILITATION AND DISABILITY
Nursing care to patients recovering from injury and illness, and assistance and facilitation for patients with disabilities to live more independently.
CODE 14 RESEARCH
The design, conduct and evaluation of nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and promotion of the implementation of research findings into clinical nursing practice.
CODE 15 SURGICAL
Nursing care to patients with injuries and illness that require surgical intervention.
CODE 16 OTHER
All other areas of nursing practice not covered above.
Registered health professionals on leave at the time of registration are asked to report their usual principle area of practice worked.
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
|Reference documents:||These definitions are based on occupational definitions as described in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition (ABS cat. no. 1220.0)|
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Registered health professional—principal area of practice, nursing code NN Health, Standard 10/12/2009