Professional Regulation Determinants and Strategies
Computing, Health and Science
Nursing and Public Health
This paper discusses the nature of nursing's social contract, in particular the way in which nursing practice is or should be regulated in order to contribute to quality health care. Given that professional autonomy is linked to regulation, registration, education requirements and institutional policy and procedure, setting the limitations of the current model of regulation of entry to practice and disciplinary action for default, are questioned. The concept of personal responsibility for practice is introduced along with possible strategies for the ongoing validation of professional practice.