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Philosophy of SCNA

SCNA believes that nursing is a professional discipline and an essential service in meeting the health care needs of patients as individuals, groups, or communities. In support of this philosophy:

  1. Nursing practice for registered nurses is defined in the nurse practice act of the State of South Carolina as "the performance of acts that involve assessment, analysis, intervention and evaluation. This practice requires specialized independent judgment and skill, and is based on knowledge and application of the principles of biophysical and social sciences;”
  2. Nurses practice independently or collaboratively in accordance with their education and clinical credentials;
  3. Nurses are encouraged to seek baccalaureate and higher degrees, to engage in life long learning and be employed according to role preparation;
  4. Critical thinking is an essential competency for registered nurses;
  5. Nurses are responsible to consumers for their practice and therefore must be responsive to individuals at all levels of wellness and from all cultural backgrounds;
  6. Nurses are responsible for the ethical practice of nursing according to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses;
  7. Nurses are engaged in activities to improve health care standards and health care accessibility for all people;
  8. All nursing practice includes the art of caring. Professional nurses are providers, managers, coordinators, educators, administrators, researchers of care in all settings;
  9. "Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) means a registered nurse who is prepared for an advanced practice registered nursing role by virtue of additional knowledge and skills gained through an advanced formal education program of nursing in a specialty area that is approved by the Board of Nursing. The categories of APRN are the nurse practitioner (NP), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurses specialist (CNS), and certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). The NP, CNM, CNS, and CRNA hold a nursing doctorate, a post-nursing master’s certificate or a minimum of a master’s degree that includes advanced education composed of didactic and supervised clinical practice in a specific area of advanced practice registered nursing” (SC Nurse Practice Act);
  10. Nurses are responsible for their own professional development and competencies. Continuing education and other professional activities enhance nursing practice and help to assure consumers of quality nursing care outcomes. Nurses are encouraged to obtain and maintain competence. "Competence is a dynamic concept, changing as the licensed nurse achieves a higher stage of development, responsibility, and accountability within the role. The role encompasses the possession and interrelation of essential knowledge, judgment, attitudes, values, skills and abilities which are varied and range in complexity” (SC Nurse Practice Act);
  11. Nurses assure competent care and advance the practice of nursing by promotion, dissemination and utilization of research findings;
  12. Nurses influence health policy through legislative and political action;
  13. Workplace advocacy issues are a vital concern for nurses and nursing;
  14. Marketing the professional practice of nursing and the Professional Association to the public, legislators, and nurses is a priority.

Approved by the Board of Directors, October 14, 1981
Reviewed and Revised, June, 1998
Reviewed and Revised, October, 2000
Reviewed and Revised, May 2004


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