The Nurse Practice Act

Nurse Practice Acts vary from state to state. Each legislature determines the minimum licensing requirements and the scope of nursing practice within that state. However, nursing practice is far too complex to be itemized within a Nurse Practice Act (NPA). Instead of listing all allowable nursing activities, the NPA usually:

To execute the NPA, each state legislature creates a Board of Nursing (BON) to promulgate rules and regulations that ensure that licensed nurses are qualified and competent to practice safe nursing care. Continuing nursing education is one strategy some BONs employ to certify that licensees maintain the ability to provide competent care.