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The Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses in 64 South Korean Laws

 Choi, Sungkyoung  ;  Jang, Seung Gyeong  ;  Lee, Won 
 Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing (대한간호학회지), Vol.49(6) : 760, 2019 
Journal Title
 Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing (대한간호학회지) 
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Nurse’s Role ; Policy ; Legislation, Nursing ; Republic of Korea
Purpose: The role of registered nurses is expanding in scope as the healthcare paradigm shifts from acute, hospital-based care to community and population-based care. Given this paradigm shift, this study explores the legal aspects of the role of a registered nurse. Methods: We used document analysis for extracting laws and legal orders related to nursing from the entirety of Korean law. Using textualism approach, we examined the contents utilizing a framework that was developed based on the role classification of community nurses by Clark in this study. Results: A total of 119 items related to nursing were derived from 64 laws. Of these, 71.4 % can be performed by people in multiple types of occupations including nurses. As a result of analyzing required qualifications, 45.4% of 119 items required additional qualifications besides registered nurse license. Analysis of workplace and activity type demonstrated that 26.1% of the 119 items were related to medical institutions, with nurses performing mostly “Client-oriented role.” More than half (68.9%) were non-medical institutions, with nurses performing mostly “Delivery-oriented role.” Some, however, did not stipulate the nurse’s roles clearly. Conclusion: Therefore, to match the enhanced scope and responsibilities of registered nurses and to appropriately recognize, guide, and hold these nurses accountable, laws and policy must reflect these changes. In doing so, these updated laws and policies will ultimately serve as a basis for improving the quality and safety of nursing services.
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Lee, Won(이원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6948-6948
Choi, Sungkyoung(최성경) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0744-2445
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