The regulation of nursing practice is delineated within each state's nurse practice act. Nurses are responsible for knowing and understanding how their practice is regulated by the state in which they are licensed. A nurse who practices beyond their state's legal definition of nursing is subject to disciplinary action by the regulatory agency.
What should a nurse do if requested to perform a duty that is beyond the scope of practice outlined in the state's nurse practice act?
The state we are using is Florida
Nursing regulation is the governmental oversight provided for nursing practice in each state. Nursing is regulated because it is one of the health professions that pose risk of harm to the public if practiced by someone who is unprepared and incompetent. Such oversights are aimed at ensuring that nurses do not contravene their borders into practicing what is not designated by the law. This paper will look the role of nurses in their administration of duty that requires strict adherence to the ethical standards and at the same time the dilemma that comes with it. One of such dilemmas is the performance of duty beyond the outlined scope.