What is the nurse practice act? The nurse practice act is a statue enacted by the legislature of each state which delegates the legal scope of practice of nursing. The nurse practice act was put into action to protect the public. With that being said, there a certain things nurses in Florida are allowed to do based on their scope of practice. For example; Florida nurses are in charge of the observation, assessment, intervention and evaluation of care. Nurses are also required to teach and inform their patients, and to promote wellness and illness prevention. Another scope of practice is the administration of medication and treatment as prescribed by a licensed practitioner. The last duty of nurses is to supervise and teach other health care personnel in any of the above stated scope of practice duties. Advanced practice on the other hand has a post-graduate education and is prepared with didactic and clinical education. What does that all mean? It just means that they have a wider scope of practice and can legally do more. Now onto what is required of you to become a licensed nurse, first you must graduate and obtain a high school diploma/GED. You must also complete an accredited and approved nursing program, get a passing score on the NCLEX and have any prior criminal history disclosed. Since we are working with health care, we are in a forever learning career. With that being said, once you obtain your license you are required to maintain it by renewals and continuing education classes/seminars. However you can also lose your license just as quick; some ways include: becoming addicted to drugs, impersonating a licensed practitioner, diversion of drugs, providing false information, mail fraud, falsifying patient records, unprofessional conduct, violation of probation, and the biggest one patient abuse and neglect.