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Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Position Statement: Respiratory nursing

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posted on 2022-07-13, 20:45 authored by Sheree MS Smith, Jane Cotter, Elizabeth PootElizabeth Poot, Nikola Ncube
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand's (TSANZ) Position Statement recognizes the pivotal role respiratory nurses play in the lung health of Australians and New Zealanders. The national and international lung health strategies are evidence based to ensure optimal professional clinical support for patients. Respiratory nurses are essential to the success of these strategies as a professional workforce, irrespective of healthcare setting, as they are at the forefront of the delivery of world-class evidence-based respiratory care. Respiratory nursing, as an entity, does not have the status as a nursing specialist area despite its range of professional practice across the life span and diverse settings, including disease prevention, public health, occupational health, symptom management, health education, surgery, rehabilitation, non-invasive ventilation, support for a life-limiting illness and adjustments to living with a chronic disease. Recognition of the specialized nature of work and specialist nursing practice status has been conferred by nurse registration boards upon cancer, emergency, cardiac, critical care, midwifery, mental health and palliative care nurses. It is time to confer this speciality practice recognition upon respiratory nurses of Australia and New Zealand. Through this position statement, the TSANZ advocates for respiratory nursing as a speciality area of professional nursing practice, thus supporting registered nurses in respiratory practice as well as the development of future generations of respiratory nurses. Furthermore, this statement validates the strong partnerships between all professions within the society for the advancement of lung health.


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Smith, S. M. S., Cotter, J., Poot, B. & Ncube, N. (2022). Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Position Statement: Respiratory nursing. Respirology.

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