Our NPA states "Assessment: The licensed practical nurse makes basic observations, gathers data and assists in identification of needs and problems relevant to the clients, collects specific data as directed, and, communicates outcomes of the data collection process in a timely fashion to the appropriate supervising person." (WAC 246-800-700)
The problem is we have different people interpreting the wording differently. We have one person who says that this means subjective data, and another who says this means both subjective and objective data. We also have people interpreting the phrase appropriate supervising person differently. The ones who say an LPN is only allowed to collect objective data think that the appropriate supervising person is always the RN, while the the people who think the LPN can collect all data say that the appropriate person can be the RN or the MD depending on the severity of the problem.