Model of Professional Nursing Practice Regulation

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Outcome = Safe, Quality, and Evidence-based Nursing Practice
2006 American Nurses Association

A top-to-bottom approach can be used as well to further understand the usability of the model. Imagine the APRN confronting a scope of practice problem or question unlike anything previously encountered. The APRN could seek guidance and clarification from the institutional policies and procedures. If the answer still proved elusive, the next step could involve examination of the applicable nurse practice act and regulatory language. This level of inquiry may involve formal consultation with the state board of nursing. Finally, review of the language embedded in the recognized professional scope and standards of practice and code of ethics may inform the decision about safe, quality, and evidence-based practice. Other stakeholders may also use the Model for Professional Nursing Practice Regulation in making practice decisions. 

Adapted with permission from Specialization and Credentialing in Nursing Revisited: Understanding the Issues, Advancing the Profession by Margretta Madden Styles, EdD, RN, FAAN; Mary Jean Schumann, MSN, RN, MBA, CPNP; Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC; and Kathleen White, PhD, RN, CNAA-BC. Pgs 19–21. Copyright © 2008 American Nurses Association. All rights reserved.

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