Where can I find information about nursing role, scope of practice, and professional identity?


Use these resources to get a full overview of this topic.

State Boards of Nursing and Nurse Practice Acts

ANA, NAPNES, and Other Professional Organizations 

Library databases

For scholarly articles on nursing role, nursing scope of practice, and professional identity, search DiscoveryCINAHL, or Health Sciences and Nursing via ProQuest using the search terms below. These terms can be searched on their own or in combination with other search terms (for example, "Practical nurses" AND "Scope of Nursing Practice"). Placing quotation marks around these phrases will ensure that the words are searched as phrases rather than as individual words.

  • "Practical Nurses"
  • "Registered Nurses"
  • "Scope of Nursing Practice"
  • "Nursing Role"
  • "Nursing Practice -- Standards"
  • "Professional Role"
  • "Professional Identity"
  • "State Boards of Nursing"
  • "Professional Regulation"
  • "Nurse Practice Acts"
  • "Legislation, Nursing"
  • "Licensure, Nursing"


American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics with interpretive statements. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,shib&db=nlebk&AN=1021757&site=eds-live&custid=s9076023&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_C1

American Nurses Association. (2021). Nursing: Scope and standards of practice (4th ed.). https://openathens.ovid.com/OAKeystone/deeplink?idpselect=https://idp.rasmussen.edu/openathens&entityID=https://idp.rasmussen.edu/openathens&T=JS&NEWS=n&CSC=Y&PAGE=booktext&D=books&AN=02233716$&XPATH=/PG(0)&EPUB=Y

Lockhart, L. (2020). Nurse practice acts and the provision of safe, competent care. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 18(3), 56. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NME.0000658204.89628.2a

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service. (2007, May 6). Standards of practice and educational competencies of graduates of practical/vocational nursing programs. https://napnes.org/wordpress2/standards_2009.pdf

  • Last Updated Mar 26, 2024
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