Nursing Professional Practice

 

At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, our nursing professional practice highlights our beliefs, values and theories. We believe responsibility, accountability and team engagement strengthens our nursing practice and promotes patient safety and the highest quality outcomes.

Florida Nurse Practice Act

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Registered Nurses (R.N.s) practice under the rules and regulations of the Florida Nurse Practice Act. The practice of professional nursing includes independent nursing functions, interdependent functions and delegated medical functions. These may be performed in collaboration with other health team members or delegated by the professional nurse to other nursing personnel.

The American Nursing Association Code of Ethics

Nursing’s Code of Ethics is the promise that we as R.N.s are doing our best to provide care for our patients and communities. We also support each other in the process so all R.N.s can fulfill their ethical and professional obligations.

The American Nursing Association Scope and Standards of Practice

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice identifies levels of performance to characterize, measure and provide guidance for achieving excellence in clinical practice. Clear delineation is made for the practice expectations of the R.N. and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). The standards reflect the values and priorities of the profession, based on research and knowledge, and describe the practice by outlining the role expectations all R.N.s must practice. Our nursing leadership must follow the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice for Nurse Administrators. Our educators follow the Nursing Scope and Standards for Nurses in Professional Development published through ANA by the Association of Nurses in Professional Development. All of these resources are made available to our nursing team through the Welch Library and the medical library at the main campus in St. Petersburg.

Nurses’ Bill of Rights

Our nurses promote and restore health, prevent illness and protect the children entrusted in our care. We work to alleviate the suffering experienced by children, families, groups and communities. In doing so, we provide services that maintain respect for human dignity and embrace the uniqueness of each patient and the nature of his or her health problems, without social or economic restrictions. We deliver our care in a patient-centered, collaborative approach and recognize the family as a unique member of our health care team.

Resources

To provide the best patient care experience, nurses at Johns Hopkins All Children’s have a variety of resources available. As part of a leading academic health system, we have access to the latest evidence-based practice, research publications and technology. In addition to their peers and leaders, nurses have opportunities to consult with experts in a variety of health-related fields such as: chaplains, child life, quality and safety specialists, risk managers, simulation specialists, food and nutrition services, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physicians, respiratory therapy, social workers and speech therapy.