Glossary

Accreditation—a nongovernmental, often voluntary peer review process for educational programs that assesses the quality of an educational program and recognizes programs as meeting a set of established standards.

Approval (of education)—Official recognition of a nursing education program as meeting the standards established by the appropriate government authority.

Assessment of costs—The nurse is charged for the cost of the state prosecuting the case.

Cease and desist order—A document sent to an individual to permanently halt purportedly unlawful activity.

Censure—A reprimand for an infraction or violation, which could be public or private.

Citation Order—A civil penalty that may affect a nurse’s licensure or registration but usually is not related to the nurse’s actions in practice.

Compact—an agreement between several countries that allows nurses from each country to work in any participating country without meeting additional requirements.

Conditional probation—Limitation or restriction of one or more aspects of practice.

Credentials—In some countries, the abbreviations included in a person’s title that indicate the achievement of a certain level of education or training; for example, MD for medical doctor.

Governance—the means by which nurses are regulated in a jurisdiction, including the laws and regulations that apply to nurses and the organization with the authority to enforce these regulations.

Jurisdiction—the country, state, province or other geographically delineated region in which a single, uniform set of nurse laws applies.

License/Licensure—A method by which regulatory bodies grant a nurse authorization to practice. Nurses must meet certain criteria to receive a license and are sometimes required to renew the license after a certain period of time.

Mandate—The action or actions an organization is authorized to take.

Mobility—the ability of nurses to work across state, province or country borders.

Mutual agreement—an agreement between two countries that allows nurses from each country to work in either country without meeting additional requirements.

Probation—Limitation of practice.

Public member—A member of the regulatory body that does not belong to the profession which the body regulates.

Register/Registration—A method by which regulatory bodies grant a nurse authorization to practice. Nurses must meet certain criteria to join the register and are sometimes required to renew their registration after a certain period of time.

Regulatory body—the organization, usually a branch of the government, that is authorized to regulate nurses within a jurisdiction.

Remediation—Requirements that a nurse must accomplish in order to have authorization to practice reinstated after it has been suspended.

Revocation—Permanent removal of a nurse’s authorization to practice.

Scope of Practice—the tasks and procedures that a nurse is qualified and authorized to carry out based on his or her level of training.

Summary Suspension—Emergency action to remove authorization for a nurse to practice in order protect the health safety and welfare of the citizens of the state.

Suspension—Removal of a nurse’s authorization to practice for a period of time.

Telehealth—The practice of health care in which the patient and provider are not in the same physical location, through the use of telecommunications.