Paragraph 4 – Topic 4 DQ2

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Please write a Paragraph answering to this discussion below with your opinion. Please include citations and references in case of another source.

The two main entities that are involved in developing the standard of nursing care is the American Nurses Association and the Nurse Practice Act per state board of registered nurses. Although other entities work to uphold these standards of care such as individual hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and nursing schools. Standard of care is developed by the regulatory power of a board of nursing. The NPA looks over nurses that practice with a license to make sure they practice ethically and maintaining the standard of care set by the NPA. (Friberg and Creasia,2016).

The NPA forms the standard of care for nurses to protect the public by holding a nurse to a professional standard. State legislation delegates to law enforcement to regulate nursing standards of care. For nursing the delegation is to the board of registered nursing in each state. The BON makes the laws and regulations more specific to each state. They must be the same as the laws set by the NPA and cannot go beyond them. These laws and regulations go through a process where the public reviews them before becoming true laws. The standards of care in nursing are set to protect the public, to prevent any care being given that is not up to standard and to protect nurses by giving us boundaries in our care as professionals. (Nursing Council of State Boards of Nursing, 2018).


  • Friberg, E., Creasia, J. (2016). Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice. (6th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri Elsevier.
  • Nursing Council of State Boards of Nursing.”Nurse Practice Act, Rules and Regulations”. 2018. Rretrieved from :
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