Defining the term "Entry into Practice"

  1. I have a question for you guys... it's from a study guide for my intro to nursing class. It asks: "Describe the term 'Entry into Practice' and discuss the current status on this subject in California and the rest of the country."
    I think it could possibly be referring to the NCLEX-RN. That would mean that "Entry into Practice," as a term, refers to passing this test (having completed the prerequisite nursing courses at accredited institutions). I don't know of any other legal/regulatory policies governing professional nurse's entry into practice, besides education and the NCLEX-RN. Could this term just be loose? Or does it refer to something specific I don't know about? I haven't been able to find it in the index of the required text for this course, either. Thanks for the insight, peeps.
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  3. by   nurse4theplanet
    Entry into practice, if I am not mistaken, refers to the educational requirements required to become a nurse (not restricted to RNs; remember LPNs are nurses and covered under the regulations of licensure/BON)...

    It most often brings up a heated debate here at allnurses, over whether LPNs are 'real nurses' or should be phased out, ADN vs. BSN, etc.

    Here is an interesting article you might want to read
    http://www.nursingworld.org/OJIN/topic18/tpc18ntr.htm

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