What is the scope of practice for LPN's in DD?
- 0May 29, '07 by gertiemae91I was wandering what the scope of practice is for LPN's in the Developmental Disibility field. Can we be supervisors, do we have to be under supervision of RN, what about psyhcotropic drugs. Do we have to be Certified in Developmental Disibilities as LPN's.
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- 0Jun 1, '07 by MarkthemalenurseIn the Intermediant Care Facility I worked at, the LPNs could do almost the same things as a RN. Except for telephone orders, administer IM, and could not be supervisors. The LPNs were not under the supervison of an RN and you do not need to be certified. This is in Pennsylvania.
- 0Jul 20, '07 by vanderfkThe ICF/MR regulations regard a profesional nurse as either an LPN or RN and state that an RN must be available for consult. That can be by telephone. In Florida, the Nurst Practice Act speaks to the level of supervision for nurses. LPN's must work under a R.N. or a licensed medical practiotioner, M.D., D.O., DDS.
- 0Jul 25, '07 by WawaloamI believe that your scope of practice in any given state depends on the scope of practice outlined in your nurse practice act/nursing regulations specific to your state. A speciality field cannot override your licensure.
Certification is completley voluntary---most nurses that I know in this field (RN's and LPN's) are not certified.