N108: Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role Study Guide Standards of Practice • Quality of care: Systematic evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of care by the nurse • Performance appraisal: The nurse evaluates herself on current standards of clinical practice and regulation • Education: The nurse maintains a current knowledge base • Collegiality: The nurse contributes to the professional development of colleagues • Ethics: The nurse makes decisions and takes action based on ethical standards • Collaboration: The nurse works with all individuals involved in providing care • Research: The nurse guides care by using research findings • Resource utilization: The nurse considers costs, safety, and effectiveness when planning and delivering care Standards of Care • Assessment: Collecting data • Diagnosis: Analyzing data and creating a nursing diagnosis • Outcome identification: Determining goals and outcomes • Planning: Determining the plan of care using nursing interventions to meet the goals • Implementation: Implementing the plan of care by taking nursing actions • Evaluation: Deciding the degree of the patient’s progress toward goals The nursing profession is held responsible for : • Reflecting the ideals and priorities of the profession • Providing a framework for the evaluation of the practice of the nursing profession • Providing the focus for professional practice • Establishing accountability to the public State Nurse Practice Acts The Nurse Practice Act is a set of laws regulating the practice of nursing in each state that are instrumental in defining the scope of nursing practice that protect the public health, safety, and welfare and shields the public from unsafe and unqualified nurses. The laws regulate the practice of nursing. The function of the board varies according to their mandate from the state statute. However, they typically write the rules and regulations that implement the statute, as well as accredit schools, examine applicants, license by endorsement, and assure compliance with the law. The board accepts and investigates complaints, and depending on the charges, the board hears cases, make decisions and discipline licenses as required.