Nursing is an ever-changing and growing profession. Tools such as, the scope and standards for nursing, state nursing legal regulations, code of ethics, and general principles of philosophy are used to set standards and promote growth within the profession. I use these principles and standards daily in my career as a registered nurse (RN). In this paper I will discuss the importance of these factors in my career, and how they all contribute to making outcomes successful for all involved.
American Nurses Association Scope of Practice
There are six set standards of the nursing practice; assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation (ANA, 2010; pp. 9-10). Throughout a typical shift on the unit I work for, I have set tasks I am expected to complete in order to progress the patient’s care, and to keep the patient safe. I begin my shift by completing my initial assessment on my patient. During this time, I am getting to know my patient and assessing if there are any new issues that need my immediate intervention. From here, I am able to discuss appropriate goals for the day with my patient. This may come in the form of increasing mobility by walking around the unit, decreasing pain, or simply taking a bath. Next, I plan when and how these tasks will be able to be done, and coordinate care with the appropriate members of the team; such as, nursing assistants and physical therapists. Evaluating the patient after any intervention assists in discovering what works and what does not for the individual. “The nursing process in practice is not linear as often conceptualized, with a feedback loop from evaluation to assessment. Rather, it relies heavily on the bi-directional feedback loops from each component” (ANA, 2013; p.3)
Specific State Legal Regulations
The Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), has set up legal regulations for those who practice nursing. “The regulation of nursing practice is essential to the protection of public health and welfare” (ONA, 2012; p.1). These regulations set up the standards for becoming an RN. One of the first standards is that an RN will only be licensed after completing an “educational program approved by the state board of nursing and pass a licensing examination before a license to practice is granted” (ONA, 2012; p.1). To become an RN I completed my associate degree in nursing (ADN) at Columbus State Community College. I then passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to receive my license.
Provisions 7, 8, & 9
“Provision 7 challenges the nurse to participate in the profession’s contributions to society by being actively engaged with its progress and development” (Fowler, 2010; p. 91). Education is a constant element in my career as a nurse. At the state level I am required to have a set amount of continuing education hours every two years to carry a valid nursing license. Through my hospital, I must be current with my cardiopulmonary...