Everywhere we turn today we see over-regulation of everything from safety regulations to business regulations and the nursing arena is no different.
The government is very busy protecting us from ourselves. Each state has, through their own Nurse Practice act their own board of nursing that governs the laws and regulations for nurses.
Due to the deference of the 10th Amendment, there is no federal nursing law.
If there are allegations of malpractice with any nurse, on a state or federal level, the board of nursing in the state where the nurse resides is responsible for the investigative and disciplinary process.
While keeping the feds out of nursing may seem like a great idea there are problems in paradise. Nursing boards were established to protect the people.
But often during the process, they overstep their boundaries without considering nurses at all.