Scope and Standards of Practice

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In the document, Nursing:  Scope and Standards of Practice, scope of practice is defined by the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “why,” and “how” of nursing practice, including advanced practice nursing.

In addition, there are other documents relevant to specialties.  For example,  Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice is a collaborative effort of the ANA, the Society for Pediatric Nurses (SPN), and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).  This resource and others like it are listed below. 

Other organizations publish relevant documents as well.  For example, The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) publishes Scope and Standards for Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Resources from the AANA and other specialty organizations are also listed below.

The nursing profession, including professional and specialty organizations, is responsible to its members and to the public to define the scope of practice and standards of practice. This foundational work provides the basis for further description and refinement by other entities and is represented as the broadest level at the base of the pyramid.

Please see the additional considerations for the APRN scope of practice:

  1. Scope and Standards of Practice (current page)
  2. State Law and Regulation
  3. Institutional Policies and Procedures
  4. Self-Determination
  5. Professional Liability and Risk Management Concerns

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Specialty-Specific Resources:
Other organizations, including many specialty organizations, publish a number of documents than can be helpful in defining scope of practice, from Scope & Standards documents to position statements.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners publishes Standards of Practice for Nurse Practitioners.

Anesthesia:
The American Association of Nurse Anesthestists (AANA) publishes Scope and Standards for Nurse Anesthesia Practice as well as a number of position statements that serve to define scope of practice. 

Critical Care
The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) publishes a number of practice resources.

Midwifery
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) publishes Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and Standards for the Practice of Midwifery.

Oncology
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) publishes Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies. This document outlines specialty entry-level competencies for Oncology Nurse Practitioners (ONPs) who care for adult and late adolescent patients throughout the continuum of cancer care.

Pediatrics
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice is a collaborative effort of the ANA, the Society for Pediatric Nurses (SPN), and NAPNAP.

Psych/Mental Health
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Web site provides information about the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse organized by topic, workplace setting, and/or specialty.

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