The Role of Assistive Personnel
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recognizes that assistive personnel (AP), previously referred to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) or nursing assistive personnel (NAP), are integral supportive members of the health care team that function under the supervision of the professional licensed nurse. In a nursing care team that represents a varied skill set, the role of the AP is critical to safe and efficient patient care. AP function at their highest level of education, competency, and scope of practice as defined by state regulations and organizational change to policies. Additionally, the professional licensed nurse is accountable for the coordination and delivery of the nursing care provided by the AP to whom the nurse delegates tasks.
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) supports national core standards for newborn screening (NBS) programs. Federal oversight is necessary to guarantee that all pregnant people and their newborns have access to appropriate counseling and access to timely identification of and interventions for congenital diseases and other disorders identified through routine newborn screenings.