Updated Second Edition of Scope & Standards of Practice in Rheumatology Nursing

Sarasota, FL – The joint RNS–American Nurses Association (ANA) publication, the second edition of Rheumatology Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice is a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the various issues of rheumatology nursing in conjunction with the state board of nursing policies and practices dedicated to furthering your professional development. State law, rules, and regulations govern the practice of nursing, while Rheumatology Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice serve as a guide for nurses in the application of their professional knowledge, skills, and responsibilities.

This edition provides continuing education and content to develop individual care plans for patients with rheumatic conditions. This resource is intended to protect and preserve the healthcare consumer’s right to quality care and to protect the nurse who is administering the care. Rheumatology registered nurses in every clinical and functional role and setting constitute the primary audience of this professional resource. Students, interprofessional colleagues, agencies, and organizations also will find this an invaluable reference. Legislators, regulators, legal counsel, and the judiciary will also want to examine this content. Even more, individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations interacting with rheumatology nurses and healthcare services can use this document to better understand what constitutes the specialty of rheumatology nursing and how registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses lead within today’s healthcare environment.

Lastly, this revised version contains the various practice settings where the rheumatology nurse is found, the various roles a rheumatology nurse performs, and anticipated future trends in rheumatology nursing. In addition, the tenets for the role of the rheumatology nurse in the management of inflammatory arthritis are presented. 

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The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) is a non-profit professional nursing and advanced practice provider (APP) organization representing registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and other healthcare professionals who are engaged in clinical practice, education, and research for the care of patients with rheumatic diseases.