A statement of neuroscience nursing's scope of practice was first completed in 1986 by the AANN Nursing Practice Committee in order to describe the parameters of nursing practice for the specialty, identify the practice settings and population served, and distinguish qualifications of nurses in the specialty and the type of care rendered to patients. Such a description can be useful to the neuroscience nurse in defining goals, and to society for clarifying expectations.
Revised by the nursing practice committee, and subsequently approved by the AANN Board of Directors in April. 1993, the scope of practice statement addresses the expanded options for neuroscience nursing in the 1990s. The borders of nursing practice have grown in recent years, with potential for continued change as health care reforms take shape. A renewed emphasis is also being placed on care of patients across the spectrum of health states rather than focusing on episodes of illness. The statement's intent is to describe neuroscience nursing practice in terms broad enough to include all the possibilities, yet specific enough to remain useful.