South Carolina — Edition 22
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Practice Of Nursing In South Carolina

The South Carolina Nurse Practice Act defines the “practice of nursing” as “the provision of services for compensation, except as provided in this chapter, that assists persons and groups to obtain or promote optimal health. Nursing practice requires the use of nursing judgment. Nursing judgment is the logical and systematic cognitive process of identifying pertinent information and evaluating data in the clinical context in order to produce informed decisions, which guide nursing actions. Nursing practice is provided by advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses. The scope Of nursing practice varies and is commensurate with the educational preparation and demonstrated competencies of the person who is accountable to the public for the quality of nursing care. Nursing practice occurs in the state in which the recipient of nursing services is located at the time nursing services are provided.”

There are many diverse areas of nursing practice, which include the traditional clinical setting and non-traditional practice settings. In order to practice nursing in South Carolina, one must have an active nursing license. An active license is defined as the status of a license that has been renewed for the current period and authorizes the licensee to practice nursing in this State.

The Nurse Practice Act defines orientation as “any introductory instruction into a new practice environment or employment situation where being a nurse is a requirement of employment or where the individual uses any title or abbreviation indicating that the individual is a nurse. Orientation is considered the practice of nursing in this State.”

For additional information please visit the Board’s website at http://www.llr. state.sc.us/POL/Nursing/, Laws/Policies, Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 33.
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