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Florida Nurse Practice Act

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Transcript of Florida Nurse Practice Act

Thank You!
The sole legislative purpose in enacting this part is to ensure that every nurse practicing in this state
meets minimum requirements for safe practice. It is the legislative intent that nurses who fall below minimum competency or who otherwise present a danger to the public shall be prohibited from practicing in this state.
Definitions and Terms
Certifications and fees
Renewal of License or Certifications
Violations and Penalties
Sexual Misconduct
Disciplinary actions
Approval of nursing programs
Florida Center of Nursing; goals, board of directors, budget, and Trust Fund
Definitions and Scope of Practice
"nursing diagnosis"
observation and evaluation of physical or mental conditions
signs and symptoms of illness
reactions to treatment
determination of deviation from normal
Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses
[Section 464.003(3)(a)]

According to The Nurse Practice Act, licensure for nurses can only be obtained once the NCLEX is pass successfully.

What does the Nurse Practice Act contain?
Florida Nurse Practice Act
[The Florida Nurse Practice Act, Section 464.003]
"nursing treatment"
regimen for the care and comfort of individuals
the prevention of illness
education to patient
maintenance of health
"Practice of professional nursing" means the performance of those acts
requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill
based upon applied principles of psychological, biological, physical, and
social sciences which shall include, but not be limited to:

1. 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.

2. The administration of medications and treatments as prescribed
or authorized by a duly licensed practitioner authorized by the laws of this state to prescribe such medications and treatments.

3. The supervision and teaching of other personnel in the theory
and performance of any of the above acts.
In the state of Florida it can be obtained by petitioning the Board of Nursing Education, which is located in our capital state of Tallahassee.

Two Types of Licenses
section 464.008 of the Florida Statue of Nursing
, states that one of those types is by

section 464. 009 of the Florida Statue of Nursing
, states that the other type of license is by
License by Examination
Several requirements:
Graduation from an accredited Nursing Program and successful completion of all courses.

Other requirements must be met before Examination (completed application; records guidelines; electronic fingerprinting; criminal history; health provisions; fraud history).
License by Endorsement

There are 3 ways under the Endorsement
for Nurse to obtain a professional license.

•An applicant must hold a professional valid license in another territory of the United States of America.

•An applicant must successfully had completed the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or NCLEX.

•The applicant has actively practice Nursing in another state; jurisdiction or territory of the USA

Process for Registration I

1. Application must be completed.

2. The fee is $110 per application to the Board of education.

3. Electronic Fingerprint with Live Scan service provider.

4. Personal/Professional Licensing verification held in
other states.

5. All information must be presented before it can be review.

Process for Registration II

6. All applicants must have no convictions; no criminal history/
or if so must send in prove of all final dispositions by court/
arrest records/completion of all probations/parole/sanctions.

7. Applicant must submit a letter of explanation with his/her
own words describing the circumstances around all the
offenses committed.
Process for Registration III

8. Applicant must also submit 3 to 5 Letters of recommendations
from people that he/she had worked for in the past.

Renewal of License
The Florida Board of Nursing department will renew your license upon receipt of:

1.Completed Renewal application at

2.Required fees (renewal and background screen fees).

[The Florida Nurse Practice Act, Section 464.013]
Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Requirements
General Hours (20 hours)
Medical Error (2 hours)
Florida Laws and Rules (2 hours)
Domestic Violence (2 hours)
HIV/Aids (2 hours)
Must be approved by a state or national organization empowered to accredit nursing continuing education.
Approved courses are listed at cebroker.com
What is CE Broker?
RNs are required to complete 24 hours of appropriate continuing education (CE) during each renewal period but not exceed 30 hours.

•Presenting continuing education as a lecturer or an author
•Serving as an expert witness
•Board Member serving on a Probable Cause Panel of the
Board of Nursing
•Completion of credit courses in Nursing at an accredited institution of
higher learning
• Participants of the volunteer school nurse program or the volunteer
health care provider program
•Continuing education is awarded for ACLS/PALS/NRP certification
and instructor courses only.
-Continuing education is not awarded for recertification or
BLS courses.

Other Methods of Obtaining CEUs
per Biennium
[Florida Board of Nursing,2015]
Violations and Penalties
[Florida Nurse Practice Act, Section 464.016]
Acts that constitutes a Felony of third degree:
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.
Knowingly employing unlicensed persons in the practice of nursing.
Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or certificate under this part by misleading statements or knowing misrepresentation.
Acts that constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree
Using the name or title "Nurse," "Registered Nurse," "Licensed Practical Nurse," "Clinical Nurse Specialist", "Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist," "Certified Nurse Midwife," "Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner," or any other name or title which implies that a person was licensed or certified as same, unless such person is duly licensed or certified.

Knowingly concealing information relating to violations of this part.
[Florida Nurse Practice Act, Section, 464.016]
Florida Statuses & Constitution:View statuses: Online Sunshine. Retrieved March 02,2015,from http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?
Nurse Practice Act. (2007). 1st ed. [ebook] Tallahasse, pp.1-117. Available at: http://phsc.edu/sites/default/files/program/files/Nurse-Practice-Act.pdf [Accessed 4 Mar. 2015].
Board of Nursing, D. (2015, January 1). Renewal Information. Retrieved March 5, 2015, from http://floridasnursing.gov/renewals/

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