Idaho Admin. Code r. - DEFINITIONS

Current through August 30, 2021

The definitions set forth in Section 54-1402, Idaho Code, are applicable to these rules. In addition, unless the context clearly denotes or requires otherwise, for purposes of these rules, the below terms have the following meanings: (7-1-21)T

01. Abandonment. The termination of a nurse/patient relationship without first making appropriate arrangements for continuation of required nursing care. The nurse/patient relationship begins when responsibility for nursing care of a patient is accepted by the nurse. Refusal to accept an employment assignment or refusal to accept or begin a nurse/patient relationship is not abandonment. Reasonable notification, or a timely request for alternative care for a patient, directed to a qualified provider or to a staff supervisor, prior to leaving the assignment, constitutes termination of the nurse/patient relationship. (7-1-21)T
02. Accreditation. The official authorization or status granted by a recognized accrediting entity or agency other than a state board of nursing. (7-1-21)T
03. Administration of Medications. The process whereby a prescribed medication is given to a patient by one (1) of several routes. Administration of medication is a complex nursing responsibility which requires a knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Only persons authorized under Board statutes and these rules may administer medications and treatments as prescribed by health care providers authorized to prescribe medications. (7-1-21)T
04. Approval. The process by which the Board evaluates and grants official recognition to education programs that meet standards established by the Board. (7-1-21)T
05. Assist. To aid or help in the accomplishment of a prescribed set of actions. (7-1-21)T
06. Assistance With Medications. The process whereby a non-licensed care provider is delegated tasks by a licensed nurse to aid a patient who cannot independently self-administer medications. (7-1-21)T
07. Board Staff. The executive director and other such personnel as are needed to implement the Nursing Practice Act and these rules. (7-1-21)T
08. Charge Nurse. A licensed nurse who bears primary responsibility for assessing, planning, prioritizing and evaluating care for the patients on a unit, as well as the overall supervision of the licensed and unlicensed staff delivering the nursing care. (7-1-21)T
09. Clinical Preceptor. A licensed registered nurse, or other qualified individual as defined in these rules, who acts to facilitate student training in a manner prescribed by a written agreement between the preceptor's employer and an educational institution. (7-1-21)T
10. Competence. Safely performing those functions within the role of the licensee in a manner that demonstrates essential knowledge, judgment and skills. (7-1-21)T
11. Curriculum. The systematic arrangement of learning experiences including didactic courses, practical experiences, and other activities needed to meet the requirements of the nursing program and of the certificate or degree conferred by the parent institution. (7-1-21)T
12. Delegation. The process by which a licensed nurse assigns tasks to be performed by others. (7-1-21)T
13. Disability. Any physical, mental, or emotional condition that interferes with the ability to safely and competently practice. (7-1-21)T
14. Emeritus License. A license issued to a nurse retiring from active practice for any length of time. (7-1-21)T
15. Licensing Examination. A licensing examination acceptable to the Board. (7-1-21)T
16. License in Good Standing. A license not subject to current disciplinary action, restriction, probation or investigation in any jurisdiction. (7-1-21)T
17. Nursing Assessment. The systematic collection of data related to the patient's health needs. (7-1-21)T
18. Nursing Diagnosis. The clinical judgment or conclusion regarding patient/client/family/ community response to actual or potential health problems made as a result of the nursing assessment. (7-1-21)T
19. Nursing Intervention. An action deliberately selected and performed to support the plan of care. (7-1-21)T
20. Nursing Jurisdiction. Unless the context clearly denotes a different meaning, when used in these rules, the term nursing jurisdiction means any or all of the fifty (50) states, U.S. territories or commonwealths, as the case may be. (7-1-21)T
21. Nursing Service Administrator. A licensed registered nurse who has administrative responsibility for the nursing services provided in a health care setting. (7-1-21)T
22. Organized Program of Study. A written plan of instruction to include course objectives and content, teaching strategies, provisions for supervised clinical practice, evaluation methods, length and hours of course, and faculty qualifications. (7-1-21)T
23. Patient. An individual or a group of individuals who are the beneficiaries of nursing services in any setting and may include client, resident, family, community. (7-1-21)T
24. Patient Education. The act of teaching patients and their families, for the purpose of improving or maintaining an individual's health status. (7-1-21)T
25. Plan of Care. The goal-oriented strategy developed to assist individuals or groups to achieve optimal health potential. (7-1-21)T
26. Practice Standards. General guidelines that identify roles and responsibilities for a particular category of licensure and, used in conjunction with the decision-making model, define a nurse's relationship with other care providers. (7-1-21)T
27. Probation. A period of time set forth in an order in which certain restrictions, conditions or limitations are imposed on a licensee. (7-1-21)T
28. Protocols. Written standards that define or specify performance expectations, objectives, and criteria. (7-1-21)T
29. Restricted License. A nursing license subject to specific restrictions, terms, and conditions. (7-1-21)T
30. Revocation. Termination of the authorization to practice. (7-1-21)T
31. Scope of Practice. The extent of treatment, activity, influence, or range of actions permitted or authorized for licensed nurses based on the nurse's education, preparation, and experience. (7-1-21)T
32. Supervision. Designating or prescribing a course of action, or giving procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation. Direct supervision requires the supervisor to be physically present and immediately accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation. (7-1-21)T
33. Suspension. An order temporarily withdrawing a nurse's right to practice nursing. (7-1-21)T
34. Technician/Technologist. These individuals are not credentialed by regulatory bodies in Idaho and may include, but are not limited to: surgical, dialysis and radiology technicians/technologists, monitor technicians and medical assistants. (7-1-21)T
35. Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP). This term is used to designate unlicensed personnel employed to perform nursing care services under the direction and supervision of licensed nurses. The term also includes licensed or credentialed health care workers whose job responsibilities extend to health care services beyond their usual and customary roles and which activities are provided under the direction and supervision of licensed nurses. UAPs are prohibited from performing any licensed nurse functions that are specifically defined in Section 541402, Idaho Code. UAPs may not be delegated procedures involving acts that require nursing assessment or diagnosis, establishment of a plan of care or teaching, the exercise of nursing judgment, or procedures requiring specialized nursing knowledge, skills or techniques. (7-1-21)T
36. Universal Precautions. The recommendations published by the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, for preventing transmission of infectious disease. (7-1-21)T


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