Nursing Experience

Professional Roles & Values

• 740.1.4 : Professional Accountability – The graduate analyzes the responsibilities and accountability of the

professional nurse.

• 740.1.5 : Self Advocacy of the Nurse – The graduate integrates strategies of self-awareness and self-care into professional practice to ensure personal health and well-being.

• 740.1.7: Roles of the Nurse (WGU) – The graduate analyzes the roles of the nurse as a scientist, a detective, and a manager of the healing environment.

• 740.1.10: The Nursing Profession – The graduate applies historical and contemporary nursing theories and models to define their professional nursing practice.

• 740.1.13: The Professional Nurse – The graduate integrates knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the nursing profession into personal and professional interactions and ethical decision making.

• 740.1.15: Healthcare Work Environment – The graduate evaluates how the vision, values, mission, and philosophy of an organization align with an individual’s professional values, beliefs, and approaches to inter- professional collegiality

• 740.1.4: Professional Accountability – The graduate analyzes the responsibilities and accountability of the professional nurse.



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Nursing Theory

A. Nursing Theory

A. Identify and describe a nursing theory that has influenced the candidate’s values and goals.

A1. Excellent Nursing Practice

• Explain how nurses apply (use) the identified theory in Part A to plan excellent nursing practices.

A.2 Professional Practice Nursing Theory

• Discuss how the identified theory fits your professional practice.



Contributions of 19th or 20th Century Historical Nursing Figures

• B. Historical Nursing Figures

• Identify and describe the contributions of two historical nursing figures from the nineteenth

(1801-1900) or twentieth century (1901-2000).

• B1. Difference in Contributions

• Discuss how the two historical figures are different from one another (compare and contrast).

• B2. Description of Historical figures

• Discuss how the contributions of each of the two historical figures have

influenced your practice.



Nursing Organizations and Boards

• C. State Board of Nursing VS. American Nurses Association (ANA).

• Explain the functional differences between the State Board of Nursing (BON) and the

American Nurses Association.

• C1. Roles of Organizations.

• Define the roles of a board of Nursing and the American Nurses Association.

• BON (Scope of practice, education, disciplinary actions, etc.).

• ANA (Ethical guidelines, nursing values, advocacy).

• C2. BON & ANA Influence.

• Explain how the State Board of Nursing and the ANA influence the candidate’s nursing practice.



Professional License Renewal & Maintenance

• C3. Explain the requirements for professional license renewal in your state.

• In what state do you hold a license?

• How do you renew your license in your state?

• How often are you required to renew your license?

• Do you pay a fee?

• Do you need CEUs?

• C3a. Discuss the consequences of failure to maintain license requirements in your state.

• What are the consequences if you do not maintain/renew your license in your state?

• What would happen to your current license?



Compact VS. Non-Compact State

• C4. Compare the differences between registered nursing license requirements in compact

state versus a non-compact state.

• Is your state a compact or non-compact state?

• Discuss the differences for RN license requirements in a compact versus non-compact state.

Resource: Nurse Licensure Compact PDF



Agencies Functional Differences

• D. Discuss the functional differences between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS).

• Discuss the function of the of the FDA.

• Discuss the function of CMS.

• D1. Discuss how the two regulatory agencies influence your professional nursing practice.

• What does the FDA regulate?

• What does CMS regulate?

Resources: CMS.Gov

Drugs &Vaccines

National health programs

Blood products

Health information technology

Medical devices

Guidelines for reimbursement

Insurance oversight


Medical device internet software


Nurse’s Role as a Patient Advocate

• D1a. Discuss your role as a patient advocate in promoting safety when a patient has requested to

use an alternative therapy.

• Discuss what a patient advocate is and how you could be a patient advocate for a patient who has

requested alternative therapy.

• What questions would you ask the patient?

• Who would you collaborate with?

FDA – Complementary and Alternative Medicine




Purposes of the Nurse Practice Act & Scope of practice

• E. Discuss the purposes of the Nurse Practice Act in your state and its influence on your

professional practice.

• What is the Nurse Practice Act and what is its mission?

• How does the Nurse Practice Act influence your professional practice?

• E1. Discuss the scope of practice for an RN in the candidate’s state

• What is a scope of practice?

• What is included in the scope of practice for your state?

• How is the scope of practice different from a nurse practice act?

Nurse Practice Act Rules & Regulations practice-act.htm



Rules For Effective Delegation

• E2. Discuss how your state defines delegation for the RN.

• Discuss in detail the rules for delegation from your state.

• Think about:

• What steps does your state board require the RN to take when deciding what to delegate?

• To whom can the RN in your state delegate?

• What is the RNs responsibility after delegating a task? 20 (Figure 19.2)



Application of Nursing Roles

• F. Discuss how you apply (use) each of the following nursing roles in your professional practice.

• A scientist.

• A detective.

• A healing environment manager.

• Write a separate paragraph for each of the roles.

What role am I?

Resources: Nursing Conceptual Model Reference: Western Governors University. (n.d.). Nursing conceptual model. Retrieved from https://srm– 00000xGlVCAU

Reviewing EBP care guidelines

Patient assessment

Room temperature

Pain control

Family presence

Patient safe area


Teamwork & collaboration

Patient centered care



ANA Code of Ethics Provisions & Analysis

• G. Identify two provisions from the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics.

• Write a separate paragraph explaining each of the two (2) provisions you have chosen.

• G1. Analyze how the two (2) provisions identified in part G influence your professional

nursing practice.

• Discuss in detail how the two provisions influence your nursing practice. (Examples:

commitment to the patient, accountability, patient dignity, integrity, human rights.

Resource: ANA Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements. Retrieved from



Application of ANA Provisions

• G.2. Describe a nursing error that may occur in a clinical practice. • A clinical setting, skills lab, or simulation.

• What are some examples of nursing errors?

• G2a. Explain how [both] ANA provisions identified in G can be applied (used) to the error

discussed in part G2.

• Who would you collaborate with or approach?

• What is your responsibility to the patient and the patients family?



Leadership Qualities Or Traits

• H. Identify and discuss 4 leadership qualities or traits that represent excellence in nursing.

• Name and describe four leadership qualities or traits (characteristics).

• What are some leadership qualities or traits?

• H1. Discuss the significance of the four (4) leadership qualities identified in part H in the

nurse’s role as each of the following:

• As a leader at the bedside.

• As a member of a nursing or interdisciplinary team.



Work Environment

• H2. Identify and discuss how your work environment impacts the following:

• Nursing leadership.

• Decision making.

• Professional development.

• Examples: Does the organization;

• Support clinical decisions?

• Provide education assistance?

• Have a clinical ladder?

• Encourage professional development?

• Use shared Governance?



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