The ANA Standards of Professional Practice

The ANA Scope and Standards of Practice describe how registered nurses use the nursing process as the foundation for decision-making and care delivery. These are the standards of care you will be held accountable to as an RN. They are the basis for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of your nursing care in the event you are involved in a malpractice lawsuit.

Base your response in this discussion post on the ANA Standards of Professional Practice. Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (Links to an external site.) (4th ed.)

  • Choose one of the six (6) ANA Standards of Practice (starting on p. 53). Compare and contrast how the practice of an RN is different from your current role in healthcare for that standard. Provide specific examples to supports your explanation.
  • Discuss an experience in your life (as a patient, family member or professional) where an RN demonstrated one of the competencies from the ANA Standard of Practice.

Base your initial post on your readings and research on this topic.

Your initial post is due by Thursday at 11:59 PM ET.  Your responses are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM ET.

This is a “post first” discussion forum. You must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.

Response to Classmates

You are required to make a minimum of two responses. One to the initial post of at least one other student, and then one to another student post. In your responses to your peers’ posts you must provide constructive and insightful comments that go beyond that of agree or disagree.

Your discussion postings may be reviewed for plagiarism. Plagiarism is not acceptable. Evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero (0) grade for the discussion and may also result in academic discipline.


Your discussion postings must conform to the AD Nursing Discussion Posting Requirements  Download AD Nursing Discussion Posting Requirements; review the requirements prior to submitting your discussion posts.

Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you post it. When you are ready to post, click on the “Reply” button for a new thread or “Reply” beneath an existing post to respond to the post. Then, copy/paste the text from your document into the message field and click “Post Reply.”


This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric below prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. This discussion is worth 4% of your grade; all discussions combined are worth 32% of your final course grade.

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