Nursing and midwifery professional practice

Professional practice is about supporting nurses and midwives to work to the full extent of their scope of practice.

Professional practice ensures nurses and midwives maintain quality in their care delivery, constantly evidencing and evaluating their practice, it focusses on nursing and midwifery culture, policy, governance, leadership, regulation, and legislation.

The ultimate aim is care provided with kindness and compassion that achieves best clinical outcomes for the South Australian Community.

The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Practice Framework has been developed to provide the mechanism to guide the professional practice requirements for nursing and midwifery across SA Health

Nursing and Midwifery Scope of Practice

Nurses and midwives in South Australia are required to practice within their scope of practice, and have a range of opportunities to advance and/or extend their scope of practice.

The Governance Framework for Advanced Scope of Practice Roles and Extended Scope of Practice Roles in SA Health (PDF 535KB), Policy Directive works to ensure a consistent and systematic approach to:

  • decision-making
  • planning
  • implementation; and
  • evaluation/monitoring.

Further information

For further information about nursing and midwifery advanced and extended scope of practice roles, please refer below: