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Scope of Practice is a terminology used by licensing boards for various medically-related fields that defines the procedures, actions, and processes that are permitted for the licensed individual. The scope of practice is limited to that which the individual has received education and clinical experience, and in which he/she has demonstrated competency. Each state has specific regulation based on entry education and additional training and practice.
Governing bodies are generally at the state level. In some cases, federal guidelines / regulations exist. For emergency medical services, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U. S. Department of Transportation has a national Scope of Practice.
- Emergency Medical Services Division, NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation.
- Gwen D Sherwood, Gwen D., et.al. (1997). "Defining Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Expanding Primary Care Services", The Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice, 1(20), 1997. (ISSN 1523-6064)
- Scope of Practice, Board of Nursing, State of Colorado
- Final Draft of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, September 2005.
- AOSW Scope of Practice, Association of Oncology Social Work.
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