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Risk Management Guide: Scope of Practice

According to the American Medical Association, scope of practice refers to those activities that a person licensed to practice as a health professional is permitted to perform, which is increasingly determined by statutes enacted by state legislatures and by rules adopted by the appropriate licensing entity. What are the risks of practicing outside your scope of practice? There is a risk of adverse events when clinicians practice outside their area of expertise or their comfort zone. When practice is outside of the specialty area or with insufficient training or limited experience, there is an increased risk for an adverse outcome. Remembering that a clinician will be held to the same or similar standard of care as a clinician trained…

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