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Healthcare teams

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Scopes of practice

Healthcare team looking upScope of practice is the range of healthcare tasks, decisions or activities of a qualified, licensed healthcare professional (e.g. doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, pharmacist) allowed by law and the provincial/territorial licensing authority governing that profession.

A scope of practice is a general boundary and does not necessarily mean that an individual provider has the knowledge, skills, or experience to safely perform all allowed activities.

  • Healthcare professionals should understand the scopes of practice of those with whom they work.

The policies of hospitals and clinics may state the activities allowed, particularly those related to clinical and surgical procedures.