Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-6-.04 - Practice Of Professional Nursing (Registered Nurse Practice)

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022

(1) The practice of professional nursing includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Care and counseling of patients.
(b) Provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being.
(c) Exercise of appropriate nursing judgment.
(d) Promotion of health and prevention of illness and injury.
(e) Conducting and documenting comprehensive and focused assessments, to include the evaluations of patient care.
(f) Documentation of nursing interventions and responses to care in an accurate, timely, thorough, and clear manner.
(g) Executing medical regimens according to approved medical protocols and standing orders, including administering medications and treatments prescribed by a legally authorized prescriber.
(2) Competence in the practice of nursing by a registered nurse shall include, but is not limited to:
(a) Knowledge and compliance with:
(i) Applicable statutes and regulations.
(ii) Standards of nursing practice.
(iii) Standardized procedures for nursing practice, including but not limited to facility policies and procedures.
(b) Maintenance of knowledge and skills in the area of practice.
(c) Assumption of responsibility for recognizing personal limits of knowledge and experience.
(d) Consulting with or referring patients to other healthcare providers to resolve situations beyond the expertise of the registered nurse.
(3) The scope of an individual registered nurse's level of practice includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Educational preparation, initial and continued.
(b) License status, including Board approval for advanced practice nursing as detailed in Chapters 610-X-5 and 610-X-9 of these rules.
(c) State and federal statutes and regulations.
(d) State and national standards appropriate to the type of practice.
(e) Nursing experience.
(f) Limitations on scope, as determined by facility policy and procedure.
(g) Demonstrated competence.
(h) Knowledge, skills, and ability to manage risks and potential complications.
(4) Practice as an advanced practice nurse requires educational preparation, appropriate certification, and approval to practice, as outlined in Chapters 610-X-5 and 610-X-9 of these rules. Requests for approval of procedures for certified registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives shall comply with the requirements of the Joint Committee for Advanced Practice Nursing.


Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-6-.04
Filed September 29, 1982. Amended: Filed September 21, 1984; effective October 29, 1984. Repealed and New Rule: Filed October 29, 2001; effective December 3, 2001. Adopted by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIV, Issue No. 10, July 29, 2016, eff. 9/8/2016. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 10, July 31, 2018, eff. 9/3/2018.

Rule .03 was renumbered .04 as per certification filed November 23, 2009; effective December 28, 2009.

Author: Alabama Board of Nursing

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยงยง 34-21-1(3)(a), 34-21-2(a) (21), 34-21-85.

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