The Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN) Standards of Practice require the licensed nurse to accept individual responsibility and accountability for timely reporting of illegal, substandard, unethical, unsafe, or incompetent nursing practice directly to the Board of Nursing. ABN Administrative Code § 610-X-6-.03(14).
When to Report? A Complaint Evaluation Tool – The Board’s Standards of Practice guide the nurse’s conduct, and the Board’s disciplinary rules define unprofessional conduct. ABN has published the attached form to be used as a guide to help determine when reporting should occur. This form is optional; any report of actual or potential unsafe practice can be reported regardless of the score on this form. The intent of the ABN form is to provide guidance for those individuals who are unsure if a report is required.