A. Explain the functional differences between a regulatory agency, such as a board of nursing (BRN), and a professional nursing organization (PNO) as it pertains to your professional nursing practice.
The Board of registered nursing is a state governmental agency and serves to protect the public and regulate the practice of registered nurses (California BRN, 2014). The BRN enforces the Nursing Practice Act. Specific to my practice as a RN the BRN sets the educational standards to make sure the education a RN receives is acceptable for the state of California. For example, when I relocated from Minnesota to California, I applied for licensure by endorsement. The BRN for California had me send all of my transcripts from any college/university I had previously attended to insure that my education met the standards set forth by the California BRN. This is designed to protect the public. The BRN also does a thorough background check with fingerprinting to ensure that nurses licensed haven’t been convicted for any crimes that would make them ineligible for licensure. As a new nurse I had to ensure that the program at WGU for my BSN met California’s criteria and would be recognized if I decided to pursue any additional education down the road. Lastly, the BRN protects the public by allowing the public to view information regarding a RN’s license, any advanced practice titles, certificates, and if a nurse has disciplinary action against them or change in license status (inactive, active, lapsed). The overall goal of the BRN is to protect the public, promote quality-nursing care, and regulate the practice of RNs.
Professional nursing organizations (PNO) such as the American Nurses Association (ANA) represents and protects the interest...
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