Codes of ethics and standards for professional nursing practice

Using Nursing Knowledge to Apply Nursing Theory to Practice (graded)

Nurses are increasingly considered knowledge workers. We are valued for what we know and how we think rather than what we do. Select one of the nursing theories from your readings this week (or another nursing theory from your textbook). How can you apply your selected theory of professional nursing to your nursing care? Provide specifics using terminology from the theory you selected to explain your use.

Healthcare Delivery and Access (graded)

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The United States Census Bureau (2011) reported that approximately 48.6 million people in the United States lacked health insurance in 2011. In the role of nurse as teacher, how can nurses influence legislators in order to improve the healthcare system and promote access for all Americans?

Reference

United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. (2011). Health insurance: Highlights: 2011.
Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/data/incpovhlth/2011/highlights.html

WEEK 6

Legal Regulation of Nursing (graded)

Although every RN in the United States takes the same licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), each state is charged with the licensing of nurses and the creation of law and rules to govern nursing practice in that state. Locate the Nurse Practice Act (or nursing law) for your state, and investigate one of the following issues: delegation by the RN to the unlicensed assistive personnel, use of the term nursing diagnosis, patient abandonment (refusal of an assignment), or requirements for continued licensure (practice, continuing education, or others). Tell us what your state’s law says on this issue and how this impacts your practice.

Ethics, Standards, and Implementation (graded)

Codes of ethics and standards for professional nursing practice have been developed by some professional nursing organizations. These codes and standards guide us in our practice and our interactions with consumers, other nurses, and other healthcare professions. Select at least one of the ethical standards or one of the standards of practice and tell us how you implement this in your current practice or how you will implement it in your future practice. Which standard is most challenging to you, and why?