What Is the New York State Nurse Practice Act?

The New York State Nurse Practice Act is a set of laws enacted by the state of New York regulating safe and appropriate nursing practice. Nursing care can pose risks to the public if practitioners are not competent, so the state sets standards of competence through the Nurse Practice Act.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, all states have a nurse practice act, which establishes basic standards, such as education program requirements, nursing practice specifications, licensure requirements and possible violations. Each state’s nurse practice act also establishes a board of nursing, which sets rules and regulations that clarify and interpret the basic standards laid forth in the act.