REGIS Eastern Shore

Update: Medication Management

27 June 2018

Enrolled nursing staff have been advised that according to REGIS medication management policy they can:

  • Check a Schedule 8 medication with another Enrolled Nurse and administer the same,

and

  • Check insulin with another Enrolled Nurse, without the need of a Registered Nurse.

The ANMF believe that the practice of Enrolled nurses checking Schedule 8 Medication together and not under the supervision of a Registered Nurse is in breach of the State Legislation, specifically the Tasmanian Poisons Regulation 2008 60 Part (ii).

Management were advised of ANMF concerns after a recent member meeting, and a letter has been sent requesting the immediate attention and resolution of member concerns.

ANMF have received a response from REGIS management who assert that they are not in breach of legislation, as it does not state that Enrolled Nurses must act under the ‘direct’ supervision of a Registered Nurse.  It must be noted that legislation does not also state that Enrolled Nurses must act under the ‘indirect’ supervision of a Registered Nurse, just clearly ‘under the supervision of a Registered Nurse’.

ANMF are in the process of seeking further advice and clarification with regulatory bodies, and will advise members of the outcome at a member meeting , date and time to be advised by flyer and email.