I am an LPN student and am taking my CNA class right now as I want to make my carreer switch right away.
I was really surprised that I cannot find a scope of practice for a CNA in WA state. I have searched the state BON website and even called them, just to get the phone shuffle treatment and no answer at all.
For instance: The ER techs (CNA) do wound care, ekg's, and used to do blood sugars. In the nursing homes no wound care or ekg's and definitely no BS
Also I have prior training in O2 administration but my intructor said "NEVER" not even to adjust an improper flow rate for a pt. that is outside of scope for a CNA. I do beleive her, but how do I see what exactly I am allowed to do or not?
Does anyone have a resource for getting this for my state? the only thing I can find is the state law that specifies what skills a CNA "must" cover in class. But nothing that says duties are limited to this.
To know the cna scope of practice you must look at the laws and regulations that a nurse must follow. What can a nurse delegate? This is found in the Law RCW 18.79.260 and in the regulation WAC 246-840-910.
The cna is not a professional per say and does not really have a "scope of practice." We are certified not licensed. We are there to assist the nurse. Their license is what we "work under." We are to perform those task that their laws and regulations state that they can delegate.
That being said, here are the links that will list what a nurse can delegate in WA and thus, what a cna can do!
The Law RCW 18.79.260
The Regulation WAC 246-840-910
I hope that helps. At least you will not be on terminal hold anymore!!!
Last edit by jb2u on Aug 11, '06