Nursing Scope of Practice Term Paper

A look at standards of practice, laws and rules for nurses.
# 150591 | 985 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 19, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper discusses how, when it comes to nursing, there are laws that need to be kept in consideration throughout a nurse's practice, no matter what field they enter. In particular, the paper examines how nurses have to be ever vigilant in making sure they practice within the standards set forth by the American Nurses' Association, the Ohio Nurses Association, the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Board of Nursing NS and how these rules and standards for practice are set forth to ensure patient safety and that all patients are cared for to the best of each nurse's ability.

From the Paper:

"The Ohio Revised Code also spells out who is allowed to perform IV therapy. Registered Nurses are allowed to perform all duties with regard to intravenous therapy. However, a Licensed Practical Nurse is not. There are certain things they cannot do by law. They cannot initiate or maintain lines that are infusing blood or blood products, total parenteral nutrition, cancer medications, anything flowing through a central venous line or arterial line, or any investigational or experimental drug (Ohio Revised Code [ORC], 2011, para. 25). There are issues with this rule in the long-term care field. Long-term care facilities are known to have trouble employing enough Registered Nurses. When you get an influx of patients requiring IV therapy, and they all have PICC lines requiring care by Registered Nurses, these facilities run into trouble. Administration doesn't want to come in after hours to hang the IVs. Therefore, sometimes you will find a facility where it isn't unheard of for a Licensed Practical Nurse to perform the duties a Registered Nurse is licensed to perform when it comes to the intravenous medications. This is wrong according to law, but the facility takes its chances out of convenience."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burkhardt, M. & Nathaniel, A. (2008). Ethics & issues in contemporary nursing. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Ohio Nurses Association. (2011). Legal regulations & professional standards for Ohio nurses. Columbus, OH: Ohio Nurses Association.
  • Ohio Revised Code. (2010). Occupations - Professions. Retrieved January 8, 2012 from

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