You have been asked to investigate a new procedure that physicians would like nurses to adopt in the hospital

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You have been asked to investigate a new procedure that physicians would like nurses to adopt in the hospital. Discuss the process you would apply to determine whether the procedure falls within the RN scope of practice and how you would go about introducing the new procedure with physicians and fellow nurses.
When it comes to investigating a new procedure, a systematic approach should be applied. It is imperative to determine whether a given procedure is within the nursing scope of practice before deciding to adopt or implement it. Some standard steps that must always be followed are based on the Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Standards of Practice, rights of patients, and safe nursing practice.
According to Anderson
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For example, if learned that the BON permits nurses to perform the given procedure then the next step is to determine what conditions must be met in order to comply with the Board, such as additional training or education.
The final step, according to Anderson (2013), is to make a decision. For a task/procedure to be within the scope of nursing practice, it must be consistent with the Nurse Practice Act, institutional policies, and supported by research or professional organizations. Most importantly, the primary concern must always be safe environment and patient care (Anderson, 2013).
Before introducing and implementing the new procedure, research of evidence-based guidelines, literature from professional organizations, and other resources must be reviewed to determine whether the procedure will result in improved patient outcomes. Hearing the perspective of the staff involved can also help to “develop and refine the proposal for change” (Seagraves, 2009, p.18). The competence, knowledge, and experience with the procedure must also be taken into consideration in order to determine if additional training may be necessary. If any training is required, then a plan must be made of what the training should entail, how long it will take, along with other details such as when and where. When it is time to introduce the new procedure, “you’ll need to be

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