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Florida Nurse Practice Act
Transcript of Florida Nurse Practice Act
Protect your license,
You worked hard for it.
Read your state's Nurse Practice Act!
The Florida Nurse Practice Act was enacted to ensure that every nurse practicing in Florida meets the minimum requirements for safe practice. A nurse who falls below the minimum competency or who otherwise presents a danger to the public shall be prohibited from practicing in Florida.
Nurses perform within the scope of their practice. They are responsible for understanding and adhering to the Nurse Practice Act for the state in which they practice. Joint Commission standards, and the policies and protocols of the hospital or organization for which they are employed. Nurses are accountable for their actions and are expected to make decisions based on their level of education, training, and expertise in the area in which their work is performed. Doing so, ensures the delivery of quality and safe patient care.
The Florida Statutes pertaining to nursing in Chapter 464: Part I
Definition relating to nursing
Board of Nursing membership, headquarters, and rule making authority
Licensure by examination/endorsement
Certification of clinical nurse specialists
Certification of ARNP and fees
Renewal of license or certification
Titles, abbreviations, restrictions and penalities
Violations and penalties
Sexual misconduct in the practice of nursing
Approval of nursing education programs
Florida Center for Nursing goals and board of directors
Retired volunteer nurse certificate
Certified Nursing Assistant
Practice of a certified nursing assistant" means providing care and assisting persons with tasks relating to the activities of daily living. Such tasks are those associated with personal care, maintaining mobility, nutrition and hydration, toileting and elimination, assistive devices, safety and cleanliness, data gathering, reporting abnormal signs and symptoms, postmortem care, patient socialization and reality orientation, end-of-life care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency care, residents' or patients' rights, documentation of nursing-assistant services, and other tasks that a certified nurse assistant may perform after training beyond that required for initial certification and upon validation of competence in that skill by a registered nurse.
Accepting an unsafe patient assignment is a violation and grounds for disciplinary action!
464.018(1n): Failing to meet minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practice, including engaging in acts for which the licensee is not qualified by training or experience.
What is the Nurse Practice Act?
Florida Nurse Practice Act
Nurse Practice Acts are a collection of statutes that outline nursing practice and vary somwhat in each state.
Visit the Florida Board of Nursing website at the link below to read Florida Statutes: Chapter 464, Part I
Licensed Practical Nurse
The LPN is any person licensed in Florida to practice practical nursing. Florida statutes define practical nursing as the performance of selected acts, including the administration of treatments and medications, in the care of the ill, injured, or infirm and the promotion of illness of others under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, licensed osteopathic physician, licensed pediatric physician or a licensed dentist.
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
ARNP is a nurse who, in addition to being licensed to practice professional nursing, has obtained postbasic sepialized education, training, and experience and is certified by the Board of Nursing to perform advanced-level nursing acts. Within the context of advanced or specialized nursing ractice, the ARNP may perform acts of nursing diagnosis and nursing treatments of altertions of the health status. The ARNP may also perform acts of medical diagnosis and treatment, prescription, and operation.
If a nurse received a patient assignment that cannot be safely performed due to lack of experince, training, and/or expertise, the nurse has the right to refuse the assignment. Nurses are sometimes pressured into accepting an unsafe assignment by management by threats of insubordination or abandonment.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has a position statement (Patient Safety: Rights of Registered Nurse) related to safe patient assignments. The ANA recommends that the RN "advocates for her patient and self by ensuring that nurse knowledge and competencies match the patient's identified needs to allow for delivery of safe care.
Practice of Professional Nursing
"Practice of professional nursing" means the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgement, and nursing skill based upon applied principles of psychological, biological, physical and social science which shall include, but not be limited to:
The observation, assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care; health teaching and counseling of the ill, injured, or infirm, and the promotion of wellness, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness of others
The administration of medications and treatments as prescribed or authorized by a duly licensed practioner authorized by the laws of this state to prescribe such medications and treatments.
The supervision and teaching of other personnel in the theory and performance of any of the acts described in this subsection.
The RN may delegate tasks to unlicensed perdonnel as appropriate as long as it does not violate the Florida Nurse Practice Act; the organization's policy, or Joint Commission standards. RN's should familiarize themselves with all three to avoid any violations and protect their professional license.
The following acts constitute a felony of third degree, punishable by fine or imprisonment:
Practicing advanced or specialized, professional or practical nursing, as defined in this part, unless holding an active license or certificate to do so.
Using or attempting to use a license or certificate which has been suspended or revoked.
Knowlingly employing unlicensed persons in the practice of nursing.
Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or certificate under this part by misleading statements or knowingly misrepresentation
Drug and Alcohol Dependency
The board enforces a "three strikes and you're out" policy with regards to the diversion of drugs from patients for personal use. The board shall not reinstate the license of a nurse whohas been found guilty by the board on three separate occasions of violations of this part relating to the use of drugs or narcotics, which offenses involved the diversion of drugs are narcotics from patients for personal use or sale.