Nursing Standards: A Nurse’s Scope of Practice and Standards Emily Eberly
NURS3000-12, Fall Quarter Issues and Trends in Nursing
November 18, 2012
Nursing Standards: A Nurse’s Scope of Practice and Standards As Americans, each individual is required to follow the laws and regulations. Each country, state, and local town has set up its own specific laws. Also certain professions have specific laws and regulation to follow in order to ensure safety. The purpose of this paper is to identify and examine the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a Registered Nurse (RN) working in Pennsylvania, along with evaluating how the standards and codes for professional nursing established by the American Nurses Association (ANA) have influenced nursing practice. Scope of Practice
According to Professional Issues in Nursing, “Each country (or state in the United States) has an equivalent document to a Nurses Act that gives legislative power to a nurse registration board (Huston 2010, p.205).” The Pennsylvania code has established specific regulations regarding RN scope of practice and requirements for licensure initially and throughout a nurse’s career. According to the PA code the practice of professional nursing is defined as, “Diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as case findings, health teaching, health counseling, provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being, and executing medical regimens as prescribed by a licensed physician or dentist (PA Code 2012).” It goes on to clarify, “The term does not include acts of medical diagnosis or prescription of medical therapeutic or corrective measures, except as may be authorized by rules and regulations jointly promulgated by the State Board of Medicine and the Board, which rules and regulations will be implemented by the Board (PA code 2012).” The requirements...