Nursing, Licensure, And Scope Of Practice Essay

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Nursing does not always refer to a registered nurse. According to Brenda Nordstrom in lecture notes titled Nursing Education, Licensure, and Scope of Practice (2016), there are four main levels of nursing: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Each level has its own list responsibilities and scopes of practice. A scope of practice defines what actions are permitted for the individual to perform as well as the educational requirements and continued competency requirements that are expected of the individual. The purpose of having a scope of practice for each level of nursing is to protect the public from any human errors that may occur as well as hold each healthcare professional accountable for their actions (Nordstrom, 2016). Without a scope of practice, it is possible that someone may harm the patient inadvertently by stepping outside of his or her knowledge base. The National Conference of State Legislatures (2013, June 30) defines clearly the scopes of practice for a CNA, an LPN, an RN, and an APRN. A CNA is a person who is certified to assist with the delivery of direct nursing care to patients. He or she works under the supervision of a registered nurse. An LPN is an individual who has completed a state approved practical nursing program and is licensed by a state board of nursing to provide patient care. He or she normally works under the supervision of a registered
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