NRS 415 Topic 2 DQ 1

NRS 415 Topic 2 DQ 1

Assessment Description

The scope and standards of practice guide the nursing profession in competence and performance expectations. The scope of practice for nursing defines the activities that a person licensed as a nurse is permitted to perform while the standards of practice delineate performance expectations for all registered nurses. Review Chapter 3, “The Nursing Workforce,” of The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, located in the Topic 2 Resources, and compare the scope of practice and differentiated practice competencies of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Review “Scope of Nursing Practice” from Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, located in the Topic 2 Resources. Standard 12 of the standards of practice describes the nurse’s role related to education. Explain the role of professional development (life-long learning) in the context of this standard.

Initial discussion question posts should be a minimum of 200 words and include at least two references cited using APA format. Responses to peers or faculty should be 100-150 words and include one reference. Refer to “RN-BSN Discussion Question Rubric” and “RN-BSN Participation Rubric,” located in Class Resources, to understand the expectations for initial discussion question posts and participation posts, respectively.

The role of the licensed practical nurse within the healthcare field is to help gather data and information that the nurse can then asses and make further decisions about, along with other patient care needs.  Passing certain medications can also be under their scope of practice in accordance with facility policy, and they can also help support nurses in other specified medical capacities.  The role of the registered nurse is to take the gathered data and assess the patient’s medical needs,  inform on changes in condition, and help with patient care.  Critical thinking is also an important aspect of the registered nurse’s role and can be a key distinguishing factor between them and that of an LVN.  The role of an advanced practice registered nurse includes an even bigger knowledge base from their increased education, and they have the ability to care for even more complex patients with less oversight/larger scope of practice (National et al., 2021).  According to the American Nurses Association, nurses must keep up with new educational/technical updates.  That can be done at the hospital level through policy changes and at the individual level because there must be a certain amount of continuing education hours every year to renew your RN licensure.   This then leads to lifelong (career-long) learning, as RNs are repeatedly required to meet yearly education quotas.  Medical field advances can move pretty quickly, and it is beneficial for all involved parties to keep up with the times for better patient outcomes.  

Reference:

National, A. O. S. E. A., National, A. O. M., & Committee, O. T. F. O. N. (2021). The future of nursing 2020-2030 : Charting a path to achieve health equity. National Academies Press. 

Nursing scope of practice: American Nurses Association. ANA. (2017, October 14). https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/scope-of-practice/ 

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NRS 415 Summary of Current Course Content Knowledge

Nurses participate in almost every aspect of the health care system. Depending on education and experience, different types of nurses have different scopes of practice. Licensed practical nurses (LPN) provide quality nursing care under the supervision of registered nurses. Although they cannot make assessments, they “allow RNs to concentrate on caring for medically complex patients” (Wakefield et al., 2021). Tasks include administering medications, wound care, performing laboratory tests, and monitoring patient’s conditions. LPNs are extremely important resources in the nursing field, as they are present in nursing and residential care facilities, whereas registered nurses are present typically in inpatient units or hospitals. Registered nurses (RN) apply the nursing diagnosis in their practice and deliver acute and emergency patient care across various settings. RNs protect, promote, and optimize health and abilities of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations (American Nurses Association, 2015). RNs can also advance their degree by becoming an Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). APRNs are graduate-level prepared RNs who acquired advanced “knowledge, skills, abilities, and judgment” for a specific area of nursing (American Nurses Association, 2015). APRNs typically have sufficient clinical experience to support their greater knowledge within this advanced role.

To be a nurse means to enjoy the process and evolution of learning. A unique aspect of this profession is that it always changes, whether that be the introduction of new nursing tools or new ways to perform a common nursing task. However, this unique aspect poses a challenge to the profession, as it is difficult to keep up with current evidence-based nursing practices. It is easy to be set and strict in your ways, as it promotes comfort and alludes to expected outcomes. To remain competent in providing patient care, a nurse must continue to want to learn and improve their skills and knowledge. A requirement that comes to mind is the enforcement of registered nurses to achieve their BSN and continuing education units to allow RNs maintain their licensure and nursing abilities.

American Nurses Association. (2015). Nursing: scope and standards of practice (3rd ed.). American Nurses Association. 

Wakefield, M. K., Williams, D. R., Menestrel, S. L., & Flaubert, J. L. (2021). Chapter 3: The Nursing Workforce. In The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a path to achieve health equity (pp. 59–98). essay, The National Academies Press.