Application of Community Health & Population-Focused Nursing

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Professional Roles & Values Project
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A. Explain the difference between a regulatory agency and a professional nursing organization as it pertains to your professional nursing practice. A regulatory agency would best be described using the example of the State Board of Nursing, which regulates the standards of nursing practice by providing policies or laws to ensure safe practice within a scope. The State Board of Nursing provides and enforces these policies to protect society from unsafe practice and unqualified practitioners. It is this agency that qualifies a nurse to sit for the state board examination which entitles a nurse to practice in his or her state. This regulatory agency also has the authority to discipline nurses who violate the standard of practice and even revoke the license. A professional nursing organization such as the ANA or American Nurses Association is a voluntary joined organization that provides nurses with information regarding current nursing policies and continuing education opportunities. This organization promotes unity in nursing and strives to keep nurses informed of changing standards of practice in the field. As a member of the ANA, I feel that I am more educated and prepared for the future of nursing. The state board of nursing issued my license over twenty years ago and is the regulatory agency that qualifies me to practice. I am monitored and expected to abide by the laws of the state board of nursing in order to practice as a registered nurse. I am also required to provide continuing education credits in order to demonstrate that I am current with new health care policies and standards. As a member of the ANA, I am informed of the changes in health care reform as well as provided with the continued education necessary to maintain a safe scope of practice. Both agencies pertain to my…...

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