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.
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
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
Guam - this is a PDF file
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.
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.
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
Oklahoma - its in PDF format or you can print out an order form.
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
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