The difference between a board of nursing and a professional nurse association is that the former describes the voluntary group people who ‘make up’ an association. Boards include members from various fields including but not limited to registered nurses, volunteer nurses, nursing students, hospital administrators, etc. There are currently no membership requirements for boards of nursing which can lead to problems such as lack of resources or resources being misappropriated.”
Nursing is a profession with a long history of providing care in hospitals and homes throughout the world. In some places it is known as ‘surgical’ because there was originally an apprenticeship system based on surgical training before becoming an organised profession in its own right in 1910 .Many countries have developed systems of regulation to ensure quality of nursing care, protect the public, and protect nurses from unsafe practices. The majority of nursing organisation are independent trade unions for registered nurses.
Regulated Registered Nurses (R.R.N.) are healthcare professionals who are licensed or accredited by state licensure boards in their particular country—typically the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or other equivalent agency—in areas where they provide direct patient care, e.g., anaesthesiologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.
The nursing education process varies between countries. In some countries, nursing programs are offered by technical colleges or universities, while in others they are offered by hospitals. Some nations require a bachelor’s degree in nursing before granting registration. Registered nurses find employment in hospitals, private practice, public health agencies, physicians’ offices, school health services and in home health care services.
Due to the nature of the profession of nursing and its large network of diverse professionals working across different settings, there is some debate about how to correctly describe all the roles within the nursing profession itself.