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Commonly Asked Questions Related to Nursing Practice 


The broadly written laws and rules allow nurses to practice to their full scope of practice in any setting. It is impossible for the WA Board of Nursing (WABON) to provide a comprehensive listing of the duties that licensed nurses are permitted to perform since nursing practice is reflective of the dynamic changes occurring in healthcare and society.

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 18.79 and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-840 provide the statutory and legal basis of nursing practice. The nursing board provides advisory opinions and interpretive statements about specific areas of nursing practice.

These commonly asked questions and answers offer information and general guidance regarding the practice of professional nursing in the state of Washington and don't constitute legal advice. You should contact your legal advisor to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

If you have a question related to nursing practice in the state of Washington, please contact or for questions about advanced nursing practice.

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