LICENSURE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIANA STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION AND THE INDIANA STATE BOARD OF NURSING?

Indiana State Nurses Association
2915 North High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224-2969
317-299-4575
[email protected]

 

Description

A voluntary professional association of registered nurses organized in 1903 and incorporated in Indiana in 1904. Association policy and directions are determined by its membership.


Activities are funded through membership dues.

Activities

Represent nurses and serve as their state spokesperson with the legislature, the public, and allied professional, community, and government groups.

Foster high standards of nursing through it support and use of the American Nurses Association’s professional standards and Code of Ethics.

Stimulate and promote the professional development of nurses through continuing education programs.

Advance nurses’ economic and general welfare through its workplace advocacy program, including education and advice.

Serve as a constituent member of the American Nurses Association through state delegate representation.

Serve as a constituent member of the ANA and and the Center for American Nurses.

Indiana State Board of Nursing
402 West Washington Street Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-2043
Fax: 317-233-4236
[email protected]
www.state.in.us/pla

 

Description
A State of Indiana regulatory board created by statute in 1905 as a result of lobbying efforts by the Indiana State Nurses Association. The board’s purpose is the protection of public safety through the regulation of nursing.

Activities are funded through licensure fees.

Activities

Grant licensure to practice nursing to qualified applicants.

Promulgate rules necessary to implement its statutory responsibilities and duties.

Define and describe nonprofessional conduct.

Establish minimum standards of nursing practice.

Set minimum standards for nursing education and maintain list of approved schools.

Take disciplinary action on licensees in response to nonprofessional conduct.

Maintain a list of names, addresses, and licensure status of persons they license.

Approve applications for prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses.

Scope of Practice

Statement from the Indiana State Board of Nursing website: 

"Q. What is the scope of practice for nurses in Indiana?

The Indiana State Board of Nursing does not issue advisory opinions, and the only guidance it formally offers regarding scope of practice questions is to refer questions to Indiana's statutes and administrative rules regarding the practice of nursing.  These rules and statutes can be accessed from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website at: www.in.gov/pla/3868.htm.

Indiana's Nurse Practice Act was written to be intentionally broad and general so that as new skills and procedures become part of standard nursing practice, the laws maintain their relevance and applicability.  Basically, each nurse licensed in Indiana is responsible for ensuring that he or she is adequately prepared, competent, and qualified to perform any particular skill or procedure that is utilized.  In a sense, the nursing profession itself actually determines the scope of practice.  For a particular skill or procedure, some relevant points to consider would be what other nurses and other facilities are doing with regards to that skill or procedure.  Another point to consider is whether there is a well-developed system for ensuring that those performing a given skill or procedure have the adequate training and support to ensure consistent, safe and competent delivery of that skill or procedure."

Standards of Practice for Indiana Nurses