Nurse Practice Acts

Every State and Territory in the U.S. has passed laws and regulations that govern the practice of nursing.  They are usually referred to as Nurse Practice Acts.

Every State and Territory in the U.S. has passed laws and regulations that govern the practice of nursing. They are usually referred to as Nurse Practice Acts.

Each state has laws and regulations that govern what a nurse can and cannot do while practicing as a nurse.For example, some states will let nurses administer pain medicationvia an epidural access. Others will only allow advanced practice nurses or anesthesiologists toadminister medication via an epidural port.

In some instances the state will pass a broad law which is further clarified by regulations. In many states there are multiple regulations and laws that govern the practice of nursing.

I have tried to provide a link tothe actuallaws or regulationsof all 50 states and the U.S. territories governing the specific practice of nursing. Not all states refer to the body of regulation governing their respective laws as a“Nurse Practice Act”. Delaware for example lists theirs under the title "Division of Professional Regulation". Most states use the term nurse practice act, nursing regulation, or something similar.

In some states licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses practices are included in the same nursing laws and regulation as the registered nurse. Other states have written separate rules for LPN or LVN as well as the advanced practice nurses.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoaregulations arenot available online. A paper version may be available from the board of nursing. Contact info can be found on The-Travel-Nurse.com State Boards page

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware When you arrive here you will see a Menu titled “Delaware Administrative Code, Title 24, Professional Regulation” scroll down the menu and click on 1900 Board of Nursing

District Of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam - this is a PDF file

Hawaii

Scroll down to HRS Chapter 457 - Nurses and click on the link to download a PDF version of thenursing regulations and lawsof Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky - Kentucky has published a guide to safe nurse practice. The act is not available as a separate publication per se. The various laws can be viewed at Kentucky Nurse Laws

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland The nursing board is not permitted to publish the Nurse Practice Act in electronic format, It can be found at LexisNexis under Maryland Code > Health Occupations > Title 8. Nurses . The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR, Title 10, Subtitle 27) portion of thelaw can be found at COMAR Online. You can also request a paper copy for $5 from Maryland Board of Nursing.

Massachusetts

Michigan does not have a regulation identified as a "nursing practice act"Those rules and regulations governing nursing are embedded in the Public health code Public Act 368 and rulespublished by theMichigan Nursing board. You can find the rules and regulations on the Michigan.gov site but an actual easily reached online version does not seem to exist.

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska




Nevada This will take you to a site where you can order a copy of the Nevada Nurse Practice site or view 1) the Nevada Nurse Practice Laws or

2)Nurse Practice Regulations

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Northern Mariana Islands also has no online version of the nurse practice act governing nursing. Contact info can be found on The-Travel-Nurse.com State Boards page

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma - its in PDF format or you can print out an order form.

Oregon

Pennsylvania Registered NurseAct

Pennsylvania Licensed Practical Nurse Act

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has no online nurse practice act. Contact info can be found on The-Travel-Nurse.com State Boards page

Rhode Island also includes the law for Licensed Practical Nurses

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virgin Islands is another lovely travel location under U.S. jurisdiction. No online connection. Contact info can be found on The-Travel-Nurse.com State Boards page

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming