Summer 2018 Newsletter – Internal Matters

Deciding Factor

Previous Scenario

Justin has received a job offer to practice radiological technology for a different employer. The new employer requires that Justin have enhanced practice for medication administration. Justin accepts the position.

Questions to be asked:

Does Justin have to take a new approved program for medication administration now that he no longer works for the initial employer?

On his practice permit Justin has the condition of medication administration. This condition, which authorizes the restricted activity to administer medication, is independent of practice environment. Justin will not have to take a new approved program in order to practice in this area for his new employer.

What happens if there are different medications involved in his practice?

Even though Justin does not have to complete a new approved program, he is responsible to ensure that he understands the duties of his new practice environment. It is Justin’s responsibility to learn about the new meds that he will be administering in his new job.

Who is responsible for Justin’s practice with new medications?

As the regulated health professional, Justin is responsible for his own practice; however, employers usually help with providing the additional training required for a new practice setting.

What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Here are a few indicators which apply to this situation from a regulatory perspective:

A regulated member will:

  • Standard 1.2 Clinical procedures

Indicator 1.2d – possess the necessary competence to perform the procedure safely, effectively and ethically

  • Standard 2.1 Legislation, standards and ethics

Indicator 2.1a – assume personal responsibility for the quality and effectiveness of the regulated member’s practice

Indicator 2.1c – perform restricted activities only as authorized according to the regulations of the College

Indicator 2.3a – perform only those restricted activities for which he or she has the required competence and current authorization

  • Standard 2.3 Restricted activities/enhanced practice

Indicator 2.3a – perform only those restricted activities for which he or she has the required competence and current authorization

Indicator 2.3c – be responsible and accountable for safely performing the restricted activity

Indicator 2.3d – understand the risks associated with performing the restricted activity and ensure that measures are in place to manage any critical or unexpected events associated with performing it

New Scenario

As part of a biopsy procedure, Jennifer, a radiological technologist, is required to set up an IV line and draw blood to be sent away with the pathology. Jennifer does not have venipuncture authorization.

 Questions to be asked:

  • Are these activities within Jennifer’s scope of practice?
  • What training does Jennifer have to do in order to perform these activities?
  • What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

 

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