(1) Outline the process for the development of nursing standards of practice for your state, including discussion of the entities involved in developing the standards of practice and how the standards of practice influence the nursing process for your areas of specialty. (2) Outline the concept of professional accountability as it pertains to nursing. Provide examples of how a nurse demonstrates professional accountability in clinical expertise, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice. (3) Summarize the four messages outlined in the IOM report and explain why these are significant to nursing practice. Discuss the direct influence the IOM report has on nursing education and nursing leadership. Describe the benefits and opportunities for BSN‐prepared nurses. Explain why it is important that a nurse’s role and education evolve to meet the needs of an aging and increasingly diverse population. Discuss the significance of professional development, or lifelong learning, and its relevance in caring for diverse populations across the life span and within the health‐illness continuum. Discuss how nurses can assist in effectively managing patient care within an evolving health care system.