Are LPN's allowed to draw blood from PICC lines? - page 2

At your LTC are LPN's allowed to draw blood from PICC lines? I live in Florida and anytime I have contacted my state board for answering any of my questions I never seem to get a straight answer from... Read More

  1. by   FLArn
    Also as is mentioned in Esme's cite, you will need to give your employer a copy of your IV certification certificate for your file. The employer may or may not want a RN to watch you draw the first time you do it.
    Last edit by FLArn on Nov 16, '12 : Reason: Spelling errors
  2. by   DSkelton711
    And remember--even if your state allows it, it still has to be in your job description or somewhere in your facility P and P manual that the LPN is allowed to do x,y or z.
  3. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks. Good point. I will ask the DON if it is allowed in our facility manual. I would sure like to have someone watching me the first time I do it.
  4. by   Ntheboat2
    What exactly does "under the direction of a registered nurse" mean anyway? Does that mean if there's a registered nurse on the unit then you're working under the direction of a RN, or does that mean that the RN has to be actually watching?
  5. by   SRK77
    Quote from RyanCarolinaBoy

    Totally incorrect. I work and live in NC and LPN's can draw blood from a picc or any other central/peripheral access.

    If you are going to answer questions like these, please at least know the RIGHT answer before you speak up!
    Settle down, its my facility's policy obviously. I don't work with LPNs anyway. Geez!
  6. by   AZMOMO2
    AZ nothing to PICC except change the dressing and flush if you have IV certification... most places don't even let you flush as an LPN.
  7. by   Esme12
    Quote from Ntheboat2
    What exactly does "under the direction of a registered nurse" mean anyway? Does that mean if there's a registered nurse on the unit then you're working under the direction of a RN, or does that mean that the RN has to be actually watching?
    It means that if the LPN makes a mistke you are liable as well. Usually, it means that the RN in "charge" has personally witnessed the LPN perform this task and finds her capable and safe.

    As stated in the Florida BON position statement/standards of practice
    The clinical practice assessment must be witnessed by a Registered Nurse who shall file a proficiency statement regarding the Licensed Practical Nurse’s ability to perform intravenous therapy via central lines
    So the RN sends the letter to the board profession the LPN's proficiency. But it is absolutely a facility to facility policy option.

    Blackcat99 Thanks. Good point. I will ask the DON if it is allowed in our facility manual. I would sure like to have someone watching me the first time I do it.
    You absolutely need to follow facility policy and without the RN's "proficiency statement" you may not draw off the PICC. You're welcome......It took some searching.....I'm glad I could help
  8. by   NamasteNurse
    ny-no
  9. by   cienurse
    No in Massachusetts-way out of the scope of practice

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