It is the primary goal of SPs to provide clinicians with evidence based guidelines while ensuring consistency in practice. In California, nurse practitioners can use standardized processes to improve their practice and ensure safety. They will also reduce the errors that are associated with clinical judgement decisions. This in turn, helps them provide better care for their patients. SPs also help to promote the adherence of established standards, which protects both the practitioner as well as the facility against liability issues related with malpractice or negligence claims.