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Unprofessional Conduct Regulation

NAC 632.890 Unprofessional conduct. The Board will consider the following acts, among others, by a licensee or holder of a certificate as unprofessional conduct;

  1. Discriminating on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, disability, ancestry or sex in the rendering of nursing services.
  2. Performing acts beyond the scope of the practice of nursing.
  3. Assuming duties and responsibilities within the practice of nursing without adequate training.
  4. Assuming duties and responsibilities within the practice of nursing if competency is not maintained or the standards of competence are not satisfied, or both.
  5. Disclosing the contents of the examination for licensure or certification, or soliciting, accepting or compiling information regarding the contents of the examination before, during or after its administration.
  6. Assigning or delegating functions, tasks or responsibilities of licensed or certified persons to unqualified persons.
  7. Failing to supervise a person to whom functions of nursing are delegated or assigned, if responsible for supervising that person.
  8. Failing to safeguard a patient from the incompetent, abusive or illegal practice of any person.
  9. Practicing nursing while, with or without good cause, his physical, mental or emotional condition impairs his ability to act in a manner consistent with established or customary nursing standard, or both.
  10. Practicing nursing if any amount of alcohol or a controlled substance or dangerous drug which is not legally prescribed is present in the body of the nurse as determined by a test of the blood, saliva, breath or urine of the nurse.
  11. Having present in the body of the nurse or nursing assistant, alcohol or a controlled substance or dangerous drug that is not legally prescribed during a test of the blood, saliva, breath or urine of the nurse or nursing assistant given as a condition of employment.
  12. Failing to respect and maintain a patient's right to privacy.
  13. Violation of a patient's confidentiality.
  14. Performing or offering to perform the functions of a licensee or holder of a certificate by false representation or under a false or an assumed name.
  15. Failing to report the gross negligence of a licensee or holder of a certificate in the performance of his duties or a violation of the provisions of chapter 632 of NRS or this chapter.
  16. Failing to document properly the administration of a controlled substance, including, but not limited to:
    1. Failing to document the administration of a controlled substance on the Controlled Substance Administration Record, the patient's Medication Administration Record and the Nursing Progress Notes, including the patient's response to the medication;
    2. Documenting as wastage a controlled substance and taking that controlled substance for personal or other use;
    3. Failing to document the wastage of a controlled substance that was not legally administered to a patient;
    4. Soliciting the signature on any record of a person as a witness to the wastage of a controlled substance when that person did not witness the wastage; or
    5. Signing any record as a witness attesting to the wastage of a controlled substance which he did not actually witness.
  17. Soliciting services or soliciting or borrowing money, materials or other property , or any combination thereof, from a:
    1. Patient;
    2. Family member of patient;
    3. Person with significant personal ties to a patient, whether or not related by blood; or
    4. Legal representative of a patient.
  18. Diverting supplies, equipment or drugs for personal or unauthorized use.
  19. Aiding, abetting or assisting any person in performing any acts prohibited by law.
  20. Inaccurate recording, falsifying or otherwise altering or destroying records.
  21. Obtaining, possessing, furnishing or administering prescription drugs to any person, including himself, except as directed by a person authorized by law to prescribe drugs.
  22. Leaving an assignment without properly notifying the appropriate personnel or abandoning a patient in need of care.
  23. Exploiting a patient for financial gain or offering, giving, soliciting or receiving fees or gifts for the referral of a:
    1. Patient;
    2. Family member of patient;
    3. Person with significant personal ties to a patient, whether or not related by blood; or
    4. Legal representative of a patient.
  24. Failing to collaborate with other members of a health care team as necessary to meet the health needs of a patient.
  25. Failing to observe the conditions, signs and symptoms of a patient, to record the information or to report significant changes to the appropriate persons.
  26. Failing to abide by any state or federal statute or regulation relating to the practice of nursing.
  27. Failing to perform nursing functions in a manner consistent with established or customary standards.
  28. Causing a patient physical, mental or emotional harm by taking direct or indirect actions or failing to take appropriate actions.
  29. Engaging in sexual contact with a patient or client.
  30. Failing as a chief nurse to:
    1. Institute standards of nursing practice so that safe and effective nursing care is provided to patients:
    2. Institute standards of competent organizational management and management of human resources so that safe and effective nursing care is provided to patients; or
    3. Create a safe and effective environment, including the failure to assess the knowledge, skills and ability of a licensee or holder of a certificate and determine his competence to carry out the requirements of his job.
  31. Failing to report the unauthorized practice of nursing.
  32. Endangering the safety of the general public, patients, clients or coworkers by making actual or implied threats of violence or carrying out an act of violence.
  33. Abusing or neglecting a patient.
  34. Misappropriating the property of a patient.
  35. Failing to comply with a condition, limitation or restriction which has been placed on his license or certificate.
  36. Engaging in the practice of nursing or performing the services of a nursing assistant without a license or certificate issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and chapter 632 of NRS.
  37. Displaying a license, certificate, diploma or permit, or a copy of a license, certificate, diploma or permit, which has been fraudulently purchased, issued, counterfeited, or materially altered.
  38. Engaging in any other unprofessional conduct with a patient or client that the board determines is outside the professional boundaries generally considered acceptable in the profession.
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