Registered Nurse (RN) practice in North Carolina includes the full scope of nursing, with or without compensation or personal profit and that incorporates caring for all clients in all settings, as guided by the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act and related Administrative Code Rules. The scope of Registered Nurse practice is not defined by specific activities or tasks, but rather as a process, and is identified as independent and comprehensive. Registered Nurse practice includes assessing, planning and implementing nursing interventions and prescribed treatments for an individual, group, or community; as well as to evaluate responses to nursing care and treatment, and to collaborate with others as needed.
Also included in Registered Nurse practice in North Carolina is the clinical counseling and teaching of clients and professionals or those preparing to perform nursing functions. The management and administration of nursing services as regards the maintenance of health, prevention and management of illness, injury, disability of a client, or the achievement of a dignified death also falls within the Registered Nurse scope of practice.