The following draft documents have been posted for public comment. Please widely distribute this information. All documents can be found at

The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advancing the Nursing Profession - The purpose of this statement is to clarify the American Nurses Association recommendation that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) be recognized as a terminal practice degree to prepare nurses for the complex clinical practice environment. The DNP graduate is prepared to provide the leadership needed to promote practice excellence through evidence-based practice methodology, system leadership, health policy, and interdisciplinary collaboration (AACN 2004). This statement supports the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a practice-focused doctorate for advanced registered nursing practice expertise. Comments due by 5 pm ET, April 9, 2010.

Nurses’ Role in Ethics and Human Rights: Protecting and promoting individual worth, dignity, and human rights in practice settings - The purpose of this statement is to bring the topic of human rights to the forefront and to provide nurses with specific actions to protect and promote human rights in every practice setting. It describes the relationship between nurses’ ethical obligations, the concept of human rights and professional nursing practice. Comments due by 5 pm ET, April 9, 2010.

Principles of Documentation - Documentation is a critical aspect of any type of nursing practice. In order to promote quality, professional documentation among nurses, ANA maintains the document Principles of Documentation, part of the “Principles for Practice” package. This guidebook focuses on managing the increasingly complex requirements of documenting patient care activities in both paper and electronic formats. This draft is the result of a review of the 2005 publication by a group of nurse experts, and has been updated to include new references to electronic documentation and to emphasize the role of documentation in quality improvement activities. Comments due by 5 pm ET, April 9, 2010.

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