Registered Nurse Scope of Practice Laws

Registered nurses (RNs) in the United States are licensed health care professionals who can perform medical exams and other duties, and who can supervise and delegate activities to other professionals, such as licensed practical nurses and unlicensed assistive personnel. As physicians begin to specialize more and more, there will be an increased need for primary care in the United States that may be provided by RNs. 

This map identifies variations in state laws that govern the scope of practice for RNs. Specifically, it addresses what activities registered nurses are authorized to perform, whether they are authorized to delegate medical activities to other health care professionals, what activities they can and cannot delegate, who the RNs can delegate to, and what level of supervision is required for this delegation. Read more.

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