nursing care plans.... lvn or rn - page 2

i have a question i got in a heated debate today with my DON over if care planning is a rn or lvn school... (btw she was one of my lvn teachers) yes they teach you how to write a care plan in lvn... Read More

  1. by   scattycarrot
    Hmmm...careplans. Huge waste of time and energy in my opinion. As for who writes them? Wouldn't it depend on the resulting task and it being within your scope of practice (thats a question by the way and not a statement!)??
  2. by   Rexie68
    i'm an lpn in ltc, and i'm the primary care plan writer for all 139 of our residents. an rn may add one or update one i've written, but, for the most part, i'm it. kind of scary...not the lpn part, but the fact that i'm responsible for so much...and i hope the floor nurses are reading and adjusting the care plans as needed...'cause i sure can't keep up with all of them along with all the medicare and regular mds'....
  3. by   fultzymom
    Quote from LVNwannaBE2007
    ok i understand that but who initially writes them... rn or lvn?
    My facility will use a RN or LPN. It just depends on the MDS nurse. We used to have a RN and a LPN working in MDS and so whoever did that persons admission assessment was the one who did it. So sometimes the LPN initiated the care plan. Now that LPN left about a year ago and I took over the job so there are two RNs so it is always a RN who does it.
  4. by   Daytonite
    Legally, only an RN can write and document a care plan for the patient's medical record. This is stipulated in Title 42 of the federal law for Medicare. However, in most of the nursing homes that I worked LVNs/LPNs were expected to contribute to the care plans that we used. I also find that a lot of LVN/LPN nursing schools are requiring the students to write care plans as well these days. It probably stems from the fact that they are required to be doing them in nursing homes as charge nurses.
  5. by   Rexie68
    Quote from daytonite
    legally, only an rn can write and document a care plan for the patient's medical record. this is stipulated in title 42 of the federal law for medicare. however, in most of the nursing homes that i worked lvns/lpns were expected to contribute to the care plans that we used. i also find that a lot of lvn/lpn nursing schools are requiring the students to write care plans as well these days. it probably stems from the fact that they are required to be doing them in nursing homes as charge nurses.

    are you sure, daytonite? i've been doing it for 3+ years and the surveyors are ok with it. i do the mds' (an rn signs off on the mds, but i sign section v where it says raps were care planned) and the care plans...i also did the care plan meetings and sign the icc sheets and notes...many times an rn never signs them.
  6. by   Rexie68
    was also thinking.....activities, dietary, and social services also write care plans...not an rn...perhaps it differs by state??
  7. by   CyndieRN2007
    As I stated before, in the state of Texas, an LVN cannot initiate a careplan.
  8. by   Rexie68
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    from medicare title 42:


    405.2137 condition: patient longterm
    program and patient care
    plan.
    each facility maintains for each patient
    a written long-term program and
    a written patient care plan to ensure
    that each patient receives the appropriate
    modality of care and the appropriate
    care within that modality. the
    patient, or where appropriate, parent
    or legal guardian is involved with the
    health team in the planning of care. a
    copy of the current program and plan
    accompany the patient on interfacility
    transfer.
    (a)
    standard: patient long-term program.

    there is a written long-term program
    representing the selection of a
    suitable treatment modality (i.e., dialysis
    or transplantation) and dialysis
    setting (e.g., home, self-care) for each
    patient.
    (1) the program is developed by a
    professional team which includes but is
    not limited to the physician director of
    the dialysis facility or center where
    the patient is currently being treated,
    a physician director of a center or facility
    which offers self-care dialysis
    training (if not available at the location
    where the patient is being treated),
    a transplant surgeon, a qualified
    nurse responsible for nursing services,
    a qualified dietitian and a qualified social
    worker.


    well gosh, that doesn't really qualify it to rn for ltc, but some could take it that way. i guess our surveyors consider me qualified to write the darned care plans. guess i'll have to keep doing them! :spin:
  9. by   LanaBanana
    In my hospital we are to do daily goals sheets for each pt, which is essentially a care plan. My dilema is that forming a care plan is not within my scope of practice as a LPN. So here I am with my own team of pt's and I'm supposed to write the goals and then have a RN sign them all. I finally said this week that I'm not going to write them out if I can't sign them. This means that now my charge nurse has to do all of mine. I think it's kind of ridiculous because the goals for most pt's is "no falls", "no skin breakdown", and getting whatever labs that are out of whack WNL. There are others that are more specific, but how hard is it to see what needs to happen to keep a pt safe and get them home/well?
  10. by   ohmeowzer RN
    i am a RN and i just plug them into a computer when i do the admit assesment. i do the first care plans and the LPN's can just add a daily notation.
  11. by   Daytonite
    Quote from rexie68
    are you sure, daytonite? i've been doing it for 3+ years and the surveyors are ok with it. i do the mds' (an rn signs off on the mds, but i sign section v where it says raps were care planned) and the care plans...i also did the care plan meetings and sign the icc sheets and notes...many times an rn never signs them.
    you are nursing home. that is section 483 of title 42 and may be ok. that is not true for acute hospitals.

    title 42, section 482 conditions of participation for hospitals, sec. 482.23 condition of participation: nursing services. the hospital must have an organized nursing service that provides 24-hour nursing services. the nursing services must be furnished or supervised by a registered nurse. (b) standard: staffing and delivery of care. the nursing service must have adequate numbers of licensed registered nurses, licensed practical (vocational) nurses, and other personnel to provide nursing care to all patients as needed. there must be supervisory and staff personnel for each department or nursing unit to ensure, when needed, the immediate availability of a registered nurse for bedside care of any patient. (4) the hospital must ensure that the nursing staff develops, and keeps current, a nursing care plan for each patient.
  12. by   txspadequeenRN
    well that is just great... if we could just pass this wonderful information to the many nursing homes that i work in as a agency nurse then my load will be lightened. my personal opinion is that this may work in the hospital but wont float in ltc. many times there is one rn in the whole building (don) and you know she ain't sitting and doing care plans...there has to be a loophole for this . i know every ltc in texas does not have a rn doing there doing their care plans.


    Quote from cyndiern2007
    as i stated before, in the state of texas, an lvn cannot initiate a careplan.

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