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Support for Practicing Nurses in Washington State

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) protects the public's health and safety by regulating the competency and quality of licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners and nursing technicians. The nursing commission is continually working towards providing the most current and up to date guidance for practicing nurses in Washington state.

Using the Scope of Practice Decision Tree

If you have questions about what activities a nurse can safely perform, please use the Scope of Practice Decision Tree.

The Scope of Practice Decision Tree is a tool designed to assist nurses, nursing students, employers, and policy makers in determining the responsibilities a nurse can safely perform. This tool's intended use is to complement professional judgment rather than deliver definitive answers to complex and evolving situations. The decision tree encourages individual accountability in practice decisions, communicating nursing scope of practice to health care professionals and students, and promotes safe nursing practices.

Washington State Nursing Jurisprudence Module

The nursing commission is excited to announce the new and improved Washington State Nursing Jurisprudence Module developed in partnership with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Earn 2.0 hours of continuing education while learning about nursing laws and regulations. This is an online self-study course. The cost is $15 and registration with NCSBN is required prior to purchase. Visit the Nurse Practice Act - Washington course webpage to get started.

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NCSBN Customer Support is available 24 hours a day to assist with access issues or to answer questions about the course.

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If you have questions about nursing practice, please contact our practice consultants using the contact information below:

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