I work in Maryland and got licensed as a registered nurse with the Maryland board of nursing. “The mission of the Board of Nursing is to advance safe quality care in Maryland through licensure, certification, education, and accountability for public protection. The Board of Nursing operates under the Maryland Nurse Practice Act, Health Occupations Article, Section 8. The Board has the authority to adopt regulations as necessary to carry out provisions of the law. The Board is mandated to regulate the practice of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medication Technicians, Licensed Electrologists, and Licensed Direct-Entry Midwives” (“Mission Statement,” n.d.) The Maryland nurse practice act is regulated by Maryland laws and regulations can also be found on the internet by searching for the Annotated Code of Maryland(Health Occupations Article, Title 8. Nurses) and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). The relevant regulations are found under COMAR Title 10, Subtitle 27. The Board no longer offers the annually updated printed copy of the Nurse Practice Act. (“Nurse Practice Act,” n.d.).
My job description as a neuroscience nurse in an acute care setting is guided by standards of practice stipulated by the Maryland board of nursing and Maryland nurse practice act. Their aim is to ensure that I carry out my responsibility professionally in accordance with the standards and guidelines required and that I am up to date on the continuous education units required to maintain my license as a registered nurse. The ultimate goal is patient care and safety which is the essence of nursing in the first place.