Nurse Protocols and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement

Authorization

The Georgia statute, O. C. G. A. § 43-34-23, enacted in 1989, authorizes registered professional nurses (RNs) in public health, who are adequately prepared, to perform certain delegated medical acts under the authority of nurse protocol. Since the passage of this important legislation, the Department of Public Health has provided direction and guidance relative to public health nursing practice under nurse protocol.

Standard Public Health Nurse Protocols

The Office of Nursing, in collaboration with the Office of Pharmacy and Medical and Clinical Consultants, has provided training, technical assistance, and consultation regarding the use of nurse protocols in public health since this legislation was enacted in 1989. Since the early 1990s, the Office of Nursing has coordinated the process of reviewing, updating, producing, and disseminating nurse protocols for all public health programs that use nurse protocols. The overall goal of developing all nurse protocols centrally is to assure consistency across programs and compliance with all current laws, rules and regulations and best practices.

Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement

The goal of the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Program is to assure public health nurses are competent to practice under nurse protocol statute and provide quality care and improved health outcomes for Georgians. The program provides a foundation and formal system of quality assurance and continuous quality improvement to address practice and policy issues impacting the provision of quality health services.

The Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement for Public Health Nursing Practice Manual provides the specific clinical orientation, training, and measurement tools necessary for a PHN to practice under nurse protocols.

 

Page last updated 12/13/2021