Community Health Nursing New Regulation

Community HealthNursing: New Regulation

Thenew regulation in question is the “Consumer Access to Health CareAct”, which was founded in 2012. This regulation eliminates theneed for a joint protocol with the physicians, in order for advancednurses practicing community health to be in a position to prescribemedication. The regulation was earlier signed specifically for thestate of New Jersey, but has since affected the entire nursingpractice (Palley, 2014). The nursing practice when professionallyregistered, demands that the nurses are only mandated to diagnose andtreat human responses to the actual, potentially physical, oremotionally ill. Though services such health teaching, provision ofcare, health counselling, case-finding, executing medical regimens,and restoration of life when prescribed, are legally or licensed tobe done by a dentist or physician, this new regulation allow nursesto prescribe medicine without consultation. Initially, nursingpractice involved the scope within diagnosis, in the context, whichmeant identification of discriminating between psychological andphysical signs, with effective execution of the nursing regimenmanagement (Palley, 2014). This was the practice scope of registeredprofessional nurses. With the new regulation, nursing practice in acommunity health setting has since been affected.

Thesponsors for this regulation include Daniel Benson, Craig Coughlin,Jack Ciattarelli, Linda Stender, and Marlene Caride, all of which areassembly members. The key primary sponsor is Nancy Munoz. The newreports on the regulations provide information in relation to thenursing practice. The news report identify the need for a nurse toissue prescription in accordance to provisions of P.L 2003, c.230,printed name, the nurse’s signature, the certification number, andthe information of the patient (Palley, 2014). This news reports aimsat issuing a satisfactorily professional educational requirementsthat relates to prescription of the controlled substances. Forinstance, nurse prescription of medicine with less than 2 yearslicensed, advanced, or active nursing represent an initial role,which could permit prescribed medication.

Withfew number of physicians available to ensure the patients receivetimely medication, there was need to find a solution withoutnecessarily involving finances. The regulation was then brought forthto give protocol to advanced practicing nurses to administeredtreatments. The “Consumer Access to Health Care Act” provides alicense for the practicing nurses to add to the number of physiciansinto handling of the patients’ medical needs (Palley, 2014).Secondly, the act also gave freedom for the practicing nurses to flextheir medical knowledge. With this, the act defines very well thedefinition of an “advanced practice nurse” as a person with rightcertification to perform more than what nurses are known to do. Theact therefore, gave freedom to order medication at the same timehandle his or her nursing practice. The freedom also guarantees aprotocol for the practicing nurse to do consultation with thephysician or by his or herself initiate a medical order.

Theimpact of the “Consumer Access to Health Care Act” after itsinception has since been felt. First, this is because the patients nolonger have to wait for the physician’s directive in order to bemedically taken care of. The act has also provided timely medicalcare and improved health care services in medical institutions. Theact states that “the nurse will be contacted through electronicmeans”, which means the easy access of medical services to thepatients (Palley, 2014). In conclusion, the licensed nurse is alsoable to do more, the same way the physicians handle the patients. Andwith that, the impact is seen with the provision of improved healthcare to patients.


Palley, H. A. (2014). Community-Based Programs and Policies:Contributions to Social Policy Development in Health Care and HealthCare-Related Services. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.