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Application of Guidelines for Decision Making

The profession of nursing is a dynamic discipline. Practice potentials transform and develop in response to health care needs, technological advances in health care, changes in the needs of society, and the expansion of scientific knowledge. All licensed nurses share a common base of responsibility and accountability defined as the practice of nursing. However, competency-based practice scopes of individual nurses may vary according to the type of basic licensure preparation, practice experience, and professional development activities.

The parameters of the practice scopes are defined by basic licensure preparation and advanced education. Within this scope of practice, all nurses are expected to maintain competence, which may be accomplished in many ways. The licensed nurse is responsible and accountable, both professionally and legally, for determining his/her personal scope of practice. Since roles and responsibilities of nurses are constantly changing and increasing in complexity, it is important that each nurse makes informed, evidence-based decisions regarding individual scope of practice and contact the Board of Nursing if assistance is needed in making this determination.

Adopted from the Montana Board of Nursing December 20, 2007

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