NCSBN: National Council of State Board of Nursing
Nurse Practice Acts Guide and Govern Nursing Practice
The practice of nursing requires specialized knowledge, skill, and independent decision making. Nursing careers take widely divergent paths - practice focus varies by setting, by type of client, by different disease, therapeutic approach or level of rehabilitation. Moreover, nurses are mobile and sophisticated and work in a society that is changing and asymmetrical for consumers. The result is that the risk of harm is inherent in the provision of nursing care.