Differences Between a Board of Nursing and a Professional Nurse Association
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Their existence helps regulate, inform, and promote nursing profession. With such numbers, it can be difficult to distinguish between BONs and nursing associations, and overwhelming to consider various benefits and options offered by each. Both boards of nursing and national nursing associations have significant impacts on the nurse practitioner profession and scope of practice. Understanding these differences helps lend credence to one' expertise as a professional, that is why this topic is very important. While at times it can seem like the BON restricts nursing practice, the boards do try to have an even keel in protecting the public from harm while setting minimal qualifications and competencies that are required of those working in the profession. BONs not only benefit the public by ensuring that providers are qualified and competent, but also protect individual nurses by establishing clear legal authorization for the scope of practice. Boards of Nursing also work to educate nurses on the ever-changing laws. Licensure by the boards also benefits nurses as it safeguards the use of certain titles such as RNs, LPN/VNs and APRNS; only licensed nurses are able to use these types of titles.
Associations position individual nurses to be on the forefront of practice changes that are important to their practice areas.
The Board of Nursing is defined as an organization that represent nurses in each given state. Cherry & Jacob, 2014, p. 63). The Board of Nursing is responsible for nurse licensure, disciplinary action, and revoking nursing license after disciplinary action has been taken (Cherry& Jacob, 2014, p. 68). The Board of Nursing differs from the ANA by the regulation of state board nursing practices while the ANA advocates for nurses (FAQ, 2017).
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