Walden University Professional Nursing and State Level Regulations Discussion

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Boards of Nursing (BONs) exist in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. Similar entities may also exist for different regions. The mission of BONs is the protection of the public through the regulation of nursing practice. BONs put into practice state/region regulations for nurses that, among other things, lay out the requirements for licensure and define the scope of nursing practice in that state/region.

It can be a valuable exercise to compare regulations among various state/regional boards of nursing. Doing so can help share insights that could be useful should there be future changes in a state/region. In addition, nurses may find the need to be licensed in multiple states or regions.

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  • Review the Resources and reflect on the mission of state/regional boards of nursing as the protection of the public through the regulation of nursing practice.
  • Consider how key regulations may impact nursing practice.
  • Review key regulations for nursing practice of your state’s/region’s board of nursing and those of at least one other state/region and select at least two APRN regulations to focus on for this Discussion..


Post a comparison of at least two APRN board of nursing regulations in your state/region with those of at least one other state/region. Describe how they may differ. Be specific and provide examples. Then, explain how the regulations you selected may apply to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who have legal authority to practice within the full scope of their education and experience. Provide at least one example of how APRNs may adhere to the two regulations you selected.


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Professional Nursing and State-Level Regulations
Mainly, APRN regulations were established by the Board of Nursing. However, these
regulations are different in various states in the United States. Each Board of Nursing's primary
objective is to enforce the Nursing Practice Act that improves healthcare quality based on
nursing qualifications in the spectrum of health (Garber & Chike-Harris, 2019). In this
discussion, it is essential to review and compare APRN regulations in my current resident state
of Texas to Florida. Although some regulations are similar in Texas and Florida, there exist
contrasting regulations.
There are many contrasting APRN regulations between the two states. The first
regulation is related to education requirements. The nursing standards used in registering
professional nurses are similar. Nonetheless, in Texas, a nurse should be licensed as a Registered
Nurse in the state and posses a valid RN license to practice as an APRN (Thomas & Thomas,
2018). By contrast, Florida APRN applicants must hold an active Florida RN license (The
Florida Legislature, 2019a). Moreover, applicants must have a master's degree in nursing, which
should be approved through Florida's nursing specialty board.
The second contrasting regulation is based on prescriptive practice. In Texas, the APRN
regulation allows a nurse practitioner to prescribe medications, but they must have prescriptive
power authorized by a physician via a written agreement (Thomas & Thomas, 2018). There are
also limitations applied when prescribing controlled substances in Texas. By contrast, APR...

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