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Scope of Practice

December 17, 2013

Neither the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act (NPA) nor the Minnesota Board of Nursing provides a specific list of nursing tasks or procedures which identifies or differentiates what is in the "Scope of Practice" of the practical, professional, or advanced practice registered nurse. 

Nurses are professionally accountable for nursing practice that encompasses a range of roles, responsibilities and functions for which they are educated, competent and authorized to perform.

The NPA provides definitions of practical nursing, professional nursing, and advanced practice registered nursing, and provides legal parameters to the scope of practice for nurses.

Scope is also established by standards of practice. An employer's policies and procedures further refine the scopes of practice within the organization consistent with applicable laws, rules, and practice standards.

To view the legal scopes of practice of registered and practical nurses in Minnesota, follow the link: http://mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/images/NPA_2013_Combined_Definitions.pdf