Thanks to the contributions of Lillian Wald, I can order a discharge planning and social services consult for my patients. I can be confident that the Department of Public Health Nursing services is available to assist with needs that the patient cannot reasonably afford on their own. Thanks to the contributions of Dorothea Dix, if a patient of mine is transferred to a psychiatric facility after being medically stabilized, I can be assured that they will be safe and well cared for while they are in that facility. In this section, I will explain the functional differences between the State Board of Nursing and the American Nurses Associa- tion (ANA). I will define the roles of these two organizations. I will explain how these two organizations influence my nursing practice. I will explain the requirements for professional license renewal in California. Also, I will discuss the consequences of failure to maintain license requirements in California. Finally, I will compare the differences between registered nursing li- cense requirements in a compact state versus a non-compact state.
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) , State Boards of Nursing are defined as state juris- dictional governmental agencies that regulate nursing practice. These state boards of nursing are responsible for defining the requirements for nurses to provide safe nursing care for issuing nursing licenses. Also, the boards of nursing are respon- sible for verifying licensees’ compliance to laws within the jurisdiction and disciplining nurses who are performing unsafe nursing practice (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, n.d.). The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the organization which advocates for the nation's registered nurses. ANA pro- motes high standards of nursing practice, advocates for a safe and ethical work environment, provides encouragement and resources to nurses to set and meet health goals, and advocates for health care issues in the nation that affect nurses and the public. ANA is an important contributor to the national goal of improving the quality of healthcare for everyone (American Nurses Association, n.d.). The CBON (California Board of Nursing) sets guidelines for nursing practice via the Nurse Practice Act. Thanks to the Boards of Nursing, I have received an education which complies with national standards. Also, this ensures that I can prac- tice according to those standards. I am required to complete continuing education units to keep my knowledge up to date. The ANA advocates for safe, high quality nursing care and advocates for nurses to improve nurses’ ability to provide that care. ANA has contributed to the quality of my work environment and has helped provide guidelines for me to choose which educational activities to participate in. Thanks to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which is a division the ANA, I have studied for the PCCN certification exam and have received a PCCN certification which has helped me provide safer nursing care within my specialty (American Nurses Association, n.d.).
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