CE1021FL | Contact Hours: 2
Florida Laws and Rules for Nurses
This activity aims to inform nurses operating in the state of Florida of the rules and laws administered through the Florida legislature and enforced by the Florida Board of Nursing. Florida nurses are liable to uphold Florida Board of Nursing standards defined by the practice act to obtain licensure. Information provided in this course is not to be used in place of governing board guidelines but serves as a tool to increase awareness and knowledge. With the completion of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Define the Florida Nurse Practice Act.
2. Outline regulations and requirements regarding the nurse multistate/compact licensure.
3. Distinguish the different levels of nursing practice and the scope of practice governing each.
4. Describe the initial licensure process and requirements for maintaining licensure.
5. Discuss the importance of attending an accredited nursing program.
6. Identify acts leading toward disciplinary action.
7. Discuss exceptions as defined by the Florida Nurse Practice Act.
Tia Wilson, BSN, RN
CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
Learners must review the course material, complete the post-test and score 70% or better and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.
APPROVAL STATEMENT (ACCREDITATION INFORMATION)
CE Leaders is Florida Board of Nursing Approved with CE Provider Number (#50-33450).
This course fulfills the Florida requirement for 2 hours of continuing education in Laws and Rules in Nursing.
RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP
No one with the ability to control content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.
Before the 1900s, no state retained a nursing practice act, and registration nor licensure was a requirement. Nurse practice acts have been around since the early 1900s, with the first nursing practice act being passed in South Carolina in 1903. Beginning with the Civil War, nursing practice began to expand because of an increase in hospitals and nursing programs. On June 7, 1913, Florida enacted their first Nurse Practice Act, which is used to outline nursing practice levels and establish practice guidelines. Chapter 464, 456, and title 64B9 Florida statutes regulate nursing practice.
Chapter 464, also known as the Nurse Practice Act, outlines specific laws safeguarding the practice and ensuring that nurses maintain compliance throughout licensure. Nurses who do not meet the minimum standard or pose a threat to safety will not be allowed to maintain licensure and may face disciplinary action. The Board of Nursing is the governing board that enforces these laws and regulations to maintain safe practice conditions and management disciplinary action rulings. In addition, chapter 456 lays the foundation for provisions listed in chapter 464. 456 directly lists specific laws to guide and safeguard health professions and occupations. These laws provide the minimum standard of practice for healthcare professionals and facilities, determining the appropriateness of certain practices.
Title 64B9 is a part of the Florida Administrative Code and Register, accounting for nursing education standards and requirements, and nursing practice standards and rules, including impaired nursing programming, continued education requirements, delegation management, and disciplinary proceedings. Each law and regulation is built to uphold the levels of nursing practice to a standard and direct patient care encounters to reduce safety issues. This course will provide an overview of each statute and title and assist nursing professionals in understanding the standard of nursing.
1. Chapter 464. Statutes & constitution view statutes: Online sunshine. Available at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499%2F0464%2F0464.html. Published June 22, 2022. Accessed June 22, 2022.
2. Florida Administrative Code and Florida Administrative Register. Chapter 64B9-16. Available at https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=64B9-16. Published online March 26, 2002. Accessed August 10, 2022.
3. Flrules.org. 2022. 64B9-8: HEARINGS, PROCEEDINGS, CONFERENCES, DISCIPLINE - Florida Administrative Rules, Law, Code, Register - FAC, FAR, eRulemaking. Available at https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=64B9-8. Accessed July 22, 2022.
4. Flrules.org. 2022. 64B9-12: ADMINISTRATION OF INTRAVENOUS THERAPY BY LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES - Florida Administrative Rules, Law, Code, Register - FAC, FAR, eRulemaking. Available at https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=64B9-12. Accessed August 10, 2022.
5. Flrules.org. 2022. 64B9-16: LPN SUPERVISION IN NURSING HOME FACILITIES. - Florida Administrative Rules, Law, Code, Register - FAC, FAR, eRulemaking. Available at https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=64B9-16. Accessed August 12, 2022.
6. Floridasnursing.gov. 2022. Florida Board of Nursing » Intervention Project for Nurses - Licensing, Renewals & Information. [online] Available at https://floridasnursing.gov/intervention-project-for-nurses/. Accessed July 22, 2022.
7. Floridasnursing.gov. 2022. Florida Board of Nursing » Registered Nurse (RN) - Licensing, Renewals & Information. Available at https://floridasnursing.gov/renewals/registered-nurse-rn/#tab-ce. Accessed July 22, 2022.
8. Gaines, K., 2022. Compact Nursing States List. Nurse.org. Available at https://nurse.org/articles/enhanced-compact-multi-state-license-eNLC/#:~:text=Compact%20nursing%20states%20refers%20to,are%20part%20of%20the%20agreement. Accessed July 22, 2022.
9. Licensed practical nurse & registered nurse by endorsement. Florida Board of Nursing. Available at https://floridasnursing.gov/licensing/licensed-practical-nurse-registered-nurse-by-endorsement/#tab-requirements. Accessed June 25, 2022.