Professional Roles and Values Project
Western Governors University
Professional Roles and Values
In this essay I will explain the differences between a Professional Nursing Organization, PNO, and a Regulatory Agency, such as the Board of Nursing, B.O.N., give two examples of how provisions from a nursing code of ethics influence my practice, discuss four traits from the ANA’s code of ethics that will be brought to an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. I will identify a nursing theory and explain how it has influenced my professional practice as well as discuss the contributions of one historical nursing figure has impacted my nursing practice, including ...view middle of the document...
The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying the congress and regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public. Its mission: Nurses advancing our profession to improve health for all.”(ANA, 2011a)
Regulatory agencies, such as the Board of nursing, are responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Nurse Practice Act. This regulates exactly what a nurse is allowed to do at the different levels of nursing. (ANA 2012) These laws regulate required education, licensure, practice and discipline. They oversee the examinations, develop policies, rules and regulations, and determine the education levels for the various levels of nursing. The BON follows up on complaints, then if necessary holds hearings and renders judgments concerning licensure. Nurses are required to meet certain competencies and have to renew their license every 2 years. According to the Wyoming Board of Nursing web site “The Governor appoints seven members to the Board. The Board is comprised of five RN members, one LPN member and one consumer member. Board Members serve to regulate the qualifications of nurses and nurse aides practicing in Wyoming; develop and enforce legitimate nursing education, practice and disciplinary standards; license APRNs, RNs, LPNs, and certify CNAs; approve nursing education; disseminate advisory opinions; conduct research; initiate and conduct investigations, hearings, and proceedings concerning violations of the Nursing Practice Act and administrative rules and regulations; apply disciplinary action appropriately; and determine fees. The Board operates in conjunction with the Department of Administration and Information.”(SBONWY). According to the Wyoming State Board of nurses their mission statement is: “Mission: To serve and safeguard the people of Wyoming through the regulation of nursing education and practice”. (Wyoming)
Both of these, professional organizations, the ANA and regulatory agencies, The State Board of Nursing, impact every aspect of my professional practice. The professional organizations are continually addressing nursing issues, developing new methods of nursing (Evidence Based Nursing) and advocating for patient/staff safety. The BON makes certain that I have the required education, pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), keep my license up to date, and develop the Nurse Practice act, which defines exactly what my responsibilities and qualifications are in order to practice as a nurse in that state. (ANA, nursingworld.org)
I am an acute rehabilitation nurse and personally belong to the American Nurses Association, the International Nurses Association, National Stroke Association, and the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp, all of which help keep me informed of changes and advancements in nursing. Since I specialize in the...