Back to Blogs
What is the nurse practice act?
Share this Article

Nurse Practice Act - US RN

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 4 years ago
  • Author:by Kate Andrews
What is the Nurse Practive Act for U.S RNs? 

The Nurse Practice Act is essentially the U.S. nursing rulebook. In the U.S., there are state nurse practice acts. To be a nurse in the U.S., you must learn, know and practice your state nurse practice act when working as a registered nurse. The Nurse Practice Act ensures all registered nurses are qualified and competent of practicing to the highest standard. Each Nurse Practice Act:

Outlines its definitions

Outlines the Authority, Power and Composition of the state Board of Nursing (BON)

Sets the standards for educational programs

Creates the standards and scopes of nursing practice

Outlines the types of titles and licenses, and the protection of these titles and requirements needed for licensure

Determines the grounds for disciplinary action and other violations.

Take a look at each state's Nurse Practice Act.

Importance of the Nurse Practice Act

The intimate nature of nursing means that the risk for accidents is high. The laws and regulations set out in a state's Nurse Practice Act have been put together to reduce the risk of harm to patients and to protect them by ensuring the highest level of competence. The Nurse Practice Act aims to ensure that patients receive quality care while promoting patient safety.

​What The Nurse Practice Act and Nursing Regulations for Safe Practice

All registered nurses have a duty to understand the state's nurse practice act where they work, ensure that they adhere to the rules and regulations outlined, and to make sure that they are fully qualified and competent in their role as a registered nurse. It is also your responsibility as a nurse to make sure that you are aware of the laws that regulate your profession and to you keep updated on any changes made to the Nurse Practice Act to ensure that you are evolving with the scope of practice that is expected of you.

At Conexus MedStaff, our award-winning clinical education program gives you access to continuously updated information and the latest news about nursing in the U.S. In addition, Conexus MedStaff international nurses are given access to unlimited accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to ensure their nursing license remains active while practicing nursing in the U.S.

Our mission at Conexus MedStaff is to match excellent healthcare professionals with life-changing careers in the U.S., training and listening to them. If you want the opportunity to interview for a nursing career with an employer that supports talented international nurses in the U.S., apply today.

Don't have the NCLEX? Don't worry. Through the Conexus MedStaff NCLEX Sponsorship Program, Conexus MedStaff sponsors the NCLEX for qualified international nurses.Our sponsorship program supports nurses in their study, preparation, travel and testing costs to pass the NCLEX. To determine if you qualify for the NCLEX Sponsorship program, apply today.