Nurse practice acts.-rationale: nurse practice acts regulate nursing licensure and practice. each state has its own nurse practice act. standards of care offer guidelines for providing care and criteria for evaluating care. civil law protects an individuals rights and isnt associated with regulation of nursing licensure or practice. the american nurses association, the professional organization for registered nurses in the united states, helps make policy and establish nursing care standards.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: knowledgereference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care,6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p.20.