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Professional Nursing Practices

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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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In this essay, the author

  • Explains the functional differences between a regulatory agency (brn) and professional nursing organization (pno) as it pertains to their profession.
  • Explains that the board of registered nursing is a state governmental agency that regulates the practice of registered nurses.
  • Explains that professional nursing organizations such as the american nurses association (ana) represent and protect the interests of nurses across the country.
  • Describes two examples of how provisions from a nursing code of ethics influence your practice.
  • Explains that provision 3 of the american nurses association's code of ethics states that the nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety and rights of patients.
  • Explains the four professional traits from the ana code of ethics that they will bring to an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
  • Explains how they safeguarded autonomy and nonmaleficence in a patient who arrived to their facility with an order for straight catheterization every 6 hours.
  • Explains the ana code of ethics, which states that the nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks.
  • Explains how orem's theory of self-care has influenced their professional practice, including modern-day application.
  • Cites the american nurses association's code of ethics and its application of orem’s self-care deficit theory in nursing practice.
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