Read the Florida Nurse Practice Act sections 464.001, .002, .003, .016, .017, & .018 and also the
Rules of the Board of Nursing sections 64B9-1.001, 5.001, 5.002, 5.003, 5.009, 5.010, 5.011, 5.012,
8.003, 8.0045. 8.005, 8.006 (scan only 8.006), 9.002,9-12, 9-14, 9-15.002 all found at
(Just FYI, you would check the following to determine the most current Board of Nursing Rules
Optional: Go to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website and review their Model
Nurse Practice Act and regulations, found at
1. How does the NCSBN model compare with Floridas Nurse Practice act and regulations?
2. Which Act/ Rules do you prefer and why?
3. Which one is more restrictive for nurses?
4. Comment on the following scenario:
The RN is taking care of an 86 year old patient 10 days post a 5 vessel bypass. The patients fluid
balance has been precarious with frequent bouts of congestive heart failure and third spacing of
fluids. Today the nurse obtains a BP of 72/40 and starts a bolus of normal saline at 150 mL per
hour. The nurse has not tried to contact the physician and there are no standing orders to cover
his other actions. Is the RN within his or her scope of practice as set forth in the Florida Nurse
Practice Act? In particular, section 464.003 (2).