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Why Is Your State Nurse Practice Act Important to School Nursing Practice?

Why Is Your State Nurse Practice Act Important to School Nursing Practice?


Research TidbitsWhy Is Your State Nurse Practice Act Important to School Nursing Practice? SAGE Publications, Inc.2008DOI: 10.1177/104747570802300212 Nancy Collins RN, BSN, NCSN Pam Murphy RN, BS Linda Winters RN, BSN Chris Van Cleve RN, BSN, NCSN Lindsey Minchella RN, MSN, NCSN chool nurses today practice in school settings where they provide daily care to students with chronic diseasels who have complex medical needs, as well as care for students and staff who require less frequent contact with the nurse. More and more, because of increasing needs for nursing care among students and school staff, school nurses are delegating nursing tasks to unlicensed assertive personnel (UAP). It is extremely important that school nurses are well versed in the regulations in state nurse practice acts (NPAs) because the state NPA is the law that dictates what tasks can be delegated and to whom. This article will give some history of state NPAs and how they regulate nursing practice. In the very early 1900s, nurses' training could last for as little as a few months to a few years. There was no governing body to oversee even the content of the education, much less the quality. North Carolina made the first
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