Alabama Nursing Resource Center
The Alabama Nursing Resource Center (ANRC) as an entity of the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) strives to promote and safeguard the health of the public through the provision of education and information to achieve regulatory excellence.
The ANRC’s role is to facilitate access to information, nursing organizations and associations, and to develop continuing education programs for nurses to improve patient care and promote public protection.
The ABN is responsible for oversight, direction, strategy, implementation, and maintenance of the ANRC.
The ABN believes service to others is worthy and noble; and improving the health and protection of Alabama citizens is the reason for its existence.
The vision for ABN / ANRC includes:
- Establishing a centralized location for Board information for the public and licensees.
- Creating online nursing continuing education (CE) opportunities for licensees to enhance healthcare delivered to the public.
- Providing website links to state, national, and international nursing information and education resources.
- Utilizing bench mark and discipline data to identify areas of need related to CE.
- Cultivating evidence based best practices through the provision of a venue where nursing graduate and doctoral students participate and become engaged in providing peer education programs for licensees in the state.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The fundamental goal of the ABN is to continuously improve education and communication for licensees within the state. This will be achieved by:
- Implementing a systematic process for identifying continuing education needs within the state.
- Utilizing an established framework of collaboration and inclusion of professional associations, educational organizations, and other stakeholders to share and improve access to information. The ANRC recognizes that access to information can be transformative and is an integral part of increased knowledge.
- Implementing a measurement process which, through the use of aggregate data, identifies best practice trends in care, and/or important single events in the process or outcome of care, that improves public protection. The data gathered will be used in the development of online CE programs designed to close knowledge gaps for licensees.
- Developing a Nursing Regulatory speaker’s schedule that provides an opportunity to obtain feedback and provide key information related to Board initiatives and goals.
- Obtaining and evaluating licensee feedback through multiple survey processes.
- Create and update online CE to reflect current rules/regulations or changes in practice
- Speakers Request
- Welcome requests to speak on regulatory issues
- Educational Events
- Provide educational program opportunities for target audiences to meet identified educational needs
- Initiate education CE done by graduate and doctoral students
- Define nursing roles for public educational purposes
The Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) is an entity of State Government?
- The ABN functions under the Executive branch of the State of Alabama.
- The ABN carries out duties assigned to it written by the State Legislature and otherwise accepted into law.
- The Board Members of the ABN are appointed by the Governor and answer directly to the Governor.
The ABN only issues two types of licenses?
- The ABN issues LPN & RN licenses. An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is issued an approval to practice in the designated specialty.
The ABN recognizes four (4) types of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs)?
- Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
- Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Two (2) of the four (4) types of APN may prescribe medications and treatments (based upon the individual protocol)?
- The CRNP and CNM may prescribe if approved to do so.
Professional Associations and Licensing Boards are not the same entity?
- A professional association is usually a non-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.
- A licensing board is an entity of state government to ensure that only those persons educated or otherwise qualified in a given profession hold themselves out to be a member of that profession. States do this to minimize the threat to the public and to prevent incompetent execution of duties. This is a power granted to states by the United States Constitution! See also: