Scope and Standards

 Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice
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 Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice
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The role of a medical-surgical nurse can expand and change at a rapid pace, and it is important for nurses to rely on a defined scope and standards of practice.

As passionate advocates for the medical-surgical nursing specialty, we are proud to offer newly revised Scope and Standards for the med-surg nursing and the clinical nurse specialist practices.

About the Scope and Standards

The Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice, 5th Edition (2012) and the Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice, 2nd Edition (2012) describe the responsibilities common to all medical-surgical nurses and serve as the basis for care and performance by which nursing practice can be judged.

Use the Scope and Standards as the basis for:

  • Job descriptions
  • Performance appraisals
  • Peer reviews
  • Quality assurance
  • Certification activities

AMSN: Supporting you in your quest for personal and professional development.

AMSN provides the Scope and Standards at no cost to our vibrant medical-surgical nursing community. The books, previously available for purchase on the AMSN Store, have been transferred to an online-only format available here on the website, allowing for easier access for every nurse.