Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022
The practice of
professional nursing includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Care and counseling of
(b) Provision of care
supportive to or restorative of life and well-being.
(c) Exercise of appropriate nursing
(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
(g) Executing medical
regimens according to approved medical protocols and standing orders, including
administering medications and treatments prescribed by a legally authorized
Competence in the practice of nursing by a registered nurse shall include, but
is not limited to:
(i) Applicable statutes and
(ii) Standards of
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.
Assumption of responsibility for recognizing personal limits of knowledge and
(d) Consulting with or
referring patients to other healthcare providers to resolve situations beyond
the expertise of the registered nurse.
The scope of an individual registered
nurse's level of practice includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Educational preparation, initial and
(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
(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.
Knowledge, skills, and ability to manage risks and potential
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
Ala. Admin. Code r.
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 Repealed and New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.
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIV, Issue No. 10, July 29, 2016,
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 10, July 31, 2018,
Rule .03 was renumbered .04 as per certification filed
November 23, 2009; effective December 28,
Author: Alabama Board of Nursing
Code of Ala.