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Nursing Practice Act

The Nurse Practice Act Page provides information on the RSA 326-B which is the legislative law that defines a number focuses that include but limited to nursing scope of practice, functions of the board of nursing and the executive director, licensing, nurse delegation, disciplinary processes and continuing competence. This also addresses the Chapter Rules 100-800 that correspond and expand on what is written in the law.



Understanding the Nurse Practice Act

What does proposed Rule 404.12 (formerly 305.01) mean?

Always keep in mind that you are responsible for knowing your Board of Nursing rules and the policies of your workplace. The tasks that you perform under your nursing license must also be in compliance with the Nurse Practice Act and the Administrative Rules, as well as the policies of your workplace. Your workplace may limit you from performing tasks that are allowed by the Board of Nursing, but your workplace cannot require you to do more than the Board of Nursing allows.

When a task is allowed via additional training under Nur 404.12 [formerly Nur 305.01 (c) & (d)] it means that these tasks are allowed with the additional training. The competency program that prepares for these tasks must be documented, and must include steps to maintain competency. The rules require that these plans be reviewed and updated at least yearly.

Administrative Rule Nur 404.12 states:

Competence to Practice. All licensees shall, through education and experience, maintain the ability to competently practice nursing or nursing related activities.

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