Determining Nurse's Scope of Practice

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Scope of Practice Determinates
Karry Morris
Grand Canyon University

Scope of Practice Determinates
There are several things a nurse must take into account when deciding their score of practice. These include standards of practice, state laws and regulations, the policies and procedures at a particular facility, a self determination and professional liability** website of practice. “Scope of practice is defined by the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “why,” and “how” of nursing practice, including advanced practice nursing.” There is debate on what different nurses can do at different levels. Different societies, documents and publications can help a nurse to figure out what they can do. A very important thing for nurses to know is the laws and regulations of the state in which you are practicing. Each state determines what nurses are allowed to do at different levels, and it is the responsibility of the nurse to know what these laws say. A nurse may be able to perform different tasks at different levels in each state. The laws are forever changing, requiring the nurse to always be up-to-date on their state’s laws and regulations. It is also very important that the nurse know what the policies and procedures are in the particular facility they are practicing in. Some facilities will allow nurses at various levels to perform tasks that other facilities may not allow. Each facility should have a general scope of practice and then a more detailed job description which can help the nurse determine what he or she can do or cannot do. For example, an LVN at our facility may not perform an admission assessment, participate in care planning or give blood products, despite the fact that they may be trained to do these things. A nurse who is generally trained has to also prove their competency in that particular area in order...
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