Glossary of terms

Appropriate Matching the circumstances of a situation or meeting the needs of the individual or group.

Assessment A systematic procedure for collecting qualitative and quantitative data to describe progress and ascertain deviations from expected outcomes and achievements.

Attributes Characteristics which underpin competent performance.

Benchmark Essential standard.

Competence The combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and abilities that underpin effective performance as a nurse.

Competent The person has competence across all domains of competencies applicable to the nurse, at a standard that is judged to appropriate for the level of nurse being assessed.

Competency A defined area of skilled performance. Context The setting/environment where competence can be demonstrated or applied.

Cultural Safety The effective nursing practice of a person or family/whanau from another culture, and is determined by that person or family. Culture includes, but is not restricted to, age or generation, gender, sexual orientation, occupation and socio-economic status, ethnic origin or migrant experience, religious or spiritual belief, and disability.

The nurse delivering the nursing care will have undertaken a process of reflection on their own cultural identity and will recognise the impact that their personal culture has on their professional practice. Unsafe cultural practice comprises any action which diminishes, demeans or disempowers the cultural identity and wellbeing of an individual.

Domain An organised cluster of competencies in nursing practice.

Effective Having the intended outcome.

Enrolled nurse A nurse registered under the enrolled nurse scope of practice.

Expanded practice Expanding the boundaries of nursing practice occurs as a professional strategy in response to a changing health care need with increased range of autonomy, accountability and responsibility.

There is a formal pathway to role expansion that entails further education and credentialing.

Health Consumer An individual who receives nursing care or services. This term represents patient, client, resident or disability consumer. This term is used in the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003).

Indicator Key generic examples of competent performance. They are neither comprehensive nor exhaustive. They assist the assessor when using their professional judgement in assessing nursing practice. They further assist curriculum development.

Legislated Those requirements laid down by New Zealand Acts and Regulations.

Nurse A registered nurse, nurse practitioner or enrolled nurse.

Nursing Council of New Zealand The responsible authority for nurses in New Zealand with legislated functions under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

The Nursing Council of New Zealand governs the practice of nurses by setting and monitoring standards of registration which ensures safe and competent care for the public of New Zealand.

As the statutory authority, the Council is committed to enhancing professional excellence in nursing.

Nursing Practice Using nursing knowledge in a direct relationship with clients or working in nursing management, nursing administration, nursing eduction, nursing research, nursing professional advice or nursing policy development roles, which impact on public safety.

Performance criteria Descriptive statements which can be assessed and which reflect the intent of a competency in terms of performance, behaviour and circumstance.
Registered nurse A nurse registered under the registered nurse scope of practice.

Reliability The extent to which a tool will function consistently in the same way with repeated use.

Treaty of Waitangi The founding document for Aotearoa/New Zealand signed in 1840 by the Maori people and the British Crown.

Validity The extent to which a measurement tool measures that which it purports to measure.