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American Nurses Association (ANA)

ANA Standards of Practice

Standard 1. Assessment

The registered nurse collects comprehensive data pertinent to the healthcare consumer’s health or the situation.

Standard 2. Diagnosis

The registered nurse analyzes the assessment data to determine the diagnoses or issues.

Standard 3. Outcome Identification

The registered nurse identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the healthcare consumer or the situation.

Standard 4. Planning

The registered nurse develops a plan of care that prescribes strategies and interventions to attain expected outcomes.

Standard 5. Implementation

The nurse implements the interventions identified in the plan.

Standard 5A. Coordination of Care

Standard 5B. Health Teaching and Health Promotion

Standard 5C. Consultation (Graduate Prepared Specialty or Advanced Practice Nurse)

Standard 5D. Prescriptive Authority and Treatment (Advanced Practice Nurse)

Standard 6. Evaluation

The registered nurse evaluates progress toward attainment of outcomes.

ANA Standards of Professional Performance

Standard 7. Ethics

The registered nurse practices ethically.

Standard 8. Education

The registered nurse attains knowledge and competence that reflects current nursing practice.

Standard 9. Evidence-Based Practice and Research

The registered nurse integrates evidence and research findings into practice.

Standard 10. Quality of Practice

The registered nurse contributes to quality nursing practice.

Standard 11. Communication

The registered nurse communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice.

Standard 12. Leadership

The registered nurse demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession.

Standard 13. Collaboration

The registered nurse collaborates with the healthcare consumer, family and others in the conduct of nursing practice.

Standard 14. Professional Practice Evaluation

The registered nurse evaluates her or his own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules and regulations.

Standard 15. Resource Utilization

The registered nurse utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective and financially responsible.

Standard 16. Environmental Health

The registered nurse practices in an environmentally safe and healthy manner.


American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice, 2010