Florida’s practice licensure
The Florida statute, section 464.019 provides requirements that nurses need to meet for them to get a license which is also approved by Florida’s Board of Nursing. Florida law however limits Florida’s Board of Nursing to approve of any nursing program or visit sites. Any complaints should be addressed by the department of health’s division. According to Florida’s law, different programs or professions have their licenses renewed after a certain number of days, for instance, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses have their renewed after 8-10 days (Kung, 2015). Nurses are prohibited to work without licenses.
There are continuing education requirements that nurses need to complete if they need to renew their licenses and once they pass they are required to pay a fee then wait till the license is processed. There are three main areas that I was not aware of were in the scope of practice in Florida. For instance, a nurse can refuse an assignment and reassign it. The law states that nurses need to work with their supervisor if they have a patient who they feel that are not competent enough to give them quality care (Tappen, 2016). This way, they can assign the patient to a nurse who is more competent to handle them.
Two, if a nurse accepts an assignment they are not capable of performing or when they do not have adequate supervision, they are violating the nurses’ practice act (Unruh, 2018). Nurses need to be honest about the cases they can and cannot handle and their critical thinking and decision making skills will help them make this decision. This is because if they do not provide quality care to their patients for instance, if the patient files a complaint of abandonment or mistreatment, then it also reflects the quality of service of the health care facility. Finally, nurse management needs to clarify the assignment of the nurse and work out options if the nurse does not feel competent to provide care for the patient. This means that in case of malpractice, the supervisor or the nurse could face consequences that may affect their license.
Kung, Y. M., & Rudner Lugo, N. (2015). Political advocacy and practice barriers: A survey of Florida APRNs. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 27(3), 145-151.
Tappen, R. M. (2016). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Unruh, L., Rutherford, A., Schirle, L., & Brunell, M. L. (2018). Benefits of less restrictive regulation of advance practice registered nurses in Florida. Nursing outlook, 66(6), 539-550.
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