Quote from laynaER
In addition to what others have mentioned, the laws that govern nursing vary from state to state.
Anyone advocating the United States federal government take over the licensing of nurses, should think *very* long and hard on the matter.
Do you really want the controlled by special interests and money body that calls itself the US Senate and Congress making decisions on how nursing is practiced in this here country? Anyone who thinks that this would be good for the profession, am here to tell you think again. Nurses make up the largest group employed in healthcare, and yet their voices are rarely heard. Who does have power? Oh there is the AMA for a start. Then countless groups/persons representing drug makers, attorneys, medical device makers, hospitals, nursing homes and so on, and so on. Instead of waging individual wars against various aspects of nursing practice some find objectionable such persons will concentrate their efforts in Washington DC. Winning there will spread the victory across the county, and those affected will have to bear it as best they can.
What changes could be wrought upon the nursing profession? Oh I don't know, how about for a start lowering the bar as just what functions require a legally licensed RN. Mandated staffing ratios? Forget it, unless you can get the Feds to go along (and thems with the money will put thekabosh on that). Oh there could be no end of treats in store. The nursing profession could advance, or it could be driven so far into the past y'all will be back in starched whites and caps.
The recent history of this country has shown power concentrated in Washington DC bodes no good. Decisions are made by those too far from those it affects, and the only thing that seems to matter is money, money, money.