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Standards and guidelines for nurses

The publications on this page outline the standards and competencies expected of nurses. The guidelines provide advice from the Council to nurses, to assist them to provide safe and competent nursing care.

Code of Conduct standards and guidelines


Flipping Book  Code of Conduct   

Flipping Book  Code of Conduct  (printer version)

Code of Conduct A4 poster
Code of Conduct A3 poster

Flipping Book  Guidelines: Professional Boundaries

Flipping Book  Guidelines: Professional Boundaries  (printer version) 

Flipping Book  Guidelines: Social Media and Electronic Communication

Scope of practice competencies and guidelines


Competencies for nurse practitioners
Competencies for registered nurses  
Competencies for enrolled nurses
Guideline Expanded practice for registered nurses

Guidelines for Practice


Guideline Delegation of care by a registered nurse to a health care assistant
Poster Guideline Delegation of care by a registered nurse to a health care assistant
Guideline Responsibilities for direction and delegation of care to enrolled nurses

                          Abortion legislation: information for health practitioners

Guidelines for Cultural Safety, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Maori Health


Guidelines for Cultural Safety, the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori Health in nursing, education and practice

Position Statements

Advice to Nurses Becoming Quit Card Providers
Communication Anaesthetic nursing

The International Nurse Regulator Collaborative (INRC), which the Nursing Council of New Zealand is a member of has released a position statement, Social Media Use: Common Expectations of nurses. This statement, which should be read alongside the Nursing Council’s Guidelines Social Media, identifies potential risks that nurses should be aware of to protect the public. Helpful tips to guide nurses in the appropriate use of social media are also included.

International Nurse Regulator Collaborative, Position Statement, Social Media Use  


About INRC Members

  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ)
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council – United Kingdom (NMC-UK)
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  • Singapore Nursing Board (SNB)
  • College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)

In 2011, the members of INRC entered into a memorandum of understanding and cooperation to confirm closer links between the organisations in order to develop common standards for the regulation of nurses nursing practice. The work of INRC contributes to the development of common practices designed to enhance public protection and public safety

Other guidelines

HRANZ DHB Guidelines for Competency Referrals

HRANZ Joint Guidelines on transmissible major viral infections