1. Provide safe, quality, compassionate, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care to diverse patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Engage in clinical judgment when making patient-centered care and other nursing decisions.
  3. Participate in quality improvement processes to improve patient care outcomes.
  4. Participate in teamwork and collaboration with all members of the healthcare team including the patient.
  5. Use information technology and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support clinical judgment.
  6. Use leadership, management, legal, and ethical principles to guide practice as a Registered Nurse.

Nursing Licensure

Licensure is the process by which boards of nursing grant permission to an individual to engage in nursing practice after determining that the applicant has attained the competency necessary to perform a unique scope of practice.

Licensure is necessary when the regulated activities are complex and require specialized knowledge and skill and independent decision making.

The licensure process determines if the applicant has the necessary skills to safely perform a specified scope of practice by predetermining the criteria needed and evaluating licensure applicants to determine if they meet the criteria.

Components of Nursing Licensure

  • Verification of graduation or eligibility for graduation from an approved prelicensure RN nursing education program
  • Verification of successful completion of NCLEX-RN examination
  • In some states, criminal background check

The responsibilities of a licensed nurse include knowledge of, and adherence to, the laws and rules which govern nursing as outlined in the nurse practice act and regulations. Review the nursing law and rules by locating your state nurse practice act and regulations.

Accreditation Information

2017 ACEN Self Study Report and Appendices
2017 Nursing Program Systematic Plan for Evaluation