Ok everyone is talking about major changes to the 2008 Nursing practice act that is much better for all nurses RN, LPN, and APN. I'm trying to figure out what changes were made to the LPN practice. I was told that they are now going to allow IV push meds. I'm an ER- LPN and this would make my job so much easier. I won't have to keep bugging RN's to do my pushes, or ask the MD to write the orders IV or IM. I can't seem to find were the changes are and I'm issues getting around all the legal mumbo-jumbo.
Actually it takes effect January 1st. No more RN-LP. Have to have proof of passing NCLEX in order to practice. They want new-grads to concentrate on passing NCLEX, not looking/interviewing for jobs so much.
They've added con-ed mandatory for RN's now...always was mandatory for APN's. Makes complete sense and I can't understand why it took this long really. There's some language about schedule II narc Rx privileges. Used to be a separate endorsement on your DEA number, now I think it automatically becomes allowable, but can only be PO meds. APN's no longer need collaboration agreements if they are employed in hospitals or in ambulatory surgical centers. There's some language about doctorally prepared nurses being addressed or referred to as Doctor in the practice/clinical setting. I'm not sure why that was or wasn't an issue before since all APN's were required to notify the patient that they are Advanced Practice Nurses anyway, but I guess now they can say "Hi, I'm Dr. Wood, I'm an Advance Practice Nurse, how can I help you today?"
I think that's the bulk of the new act...didn't see any language about LPN's though...you can see for yourself if you'd like at www.illinoisnurses.org
and follow the link.
Last edit by woody436 on Oct 19, '07
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