Do you know your (LPNs) scope of practice?

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    Care to venture any guesses guys?
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    Could you be more specific? There are at least 50 different LPN/LVN scopes of practice - I don't think anyone knows them word for word. Usually people focus on a few issues like IV push drugs, assessments and hanging blood.
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    Is anyone else concerned , in an effort to save money that LPN's are being used as RN's. If that's the case then RN's are no longer needed. The BON guidelines between RN and LPN states that the LPN is supervised by the RN, however in this case there is NO supervison and management is permitting this violation of the BON nursing scope of practice to be allowed....the patient is assessed from the getgo by the LPN and the RN is bypassed in an effort for more pt's to be processed.
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    Quote from caringinpractice
    Is anyone else concerned , in an effort to save money that LPN's are being used as RN's. If that's the case then RN's are no longer needed. The BON guidelines between RN and LPN states that the LPN is supervised by the RN, however in this case there is NO supervison and management is permitting this violation of the BON nursing scope of practice to be allowed....the patient is assessed from the getgo by the LPN and the RN is bypassed in an effort for more pt's to be processed.
    As I mentioned to the OP there, there are at least 50 different Scope of Practice laws and just as many separate state Boards of Nursing with their own rules and regulations. If a facility is tasking the LPN with those things that are within that state's LPN Scope of Practice they are not "being used as RNs". "Supervision" doesn't always mean there is an RN present at the time. Home health nurses are an example of that. Some LTCs require that the RN needs to be reachable by phone.

    In any case the trend you are seeing is out of the norm at this time, due to the job market RNs are being hired to replace LPNs because they aren't paying them much more than the LPN. Lastly, I don't think your concern will get a lot of agreement here in the LPN Corner.
    Last edit by nursel56 on Dec 28, '12
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    As a practicing LPN, I am acutely aware of my own scope of practice, which I believe is prudent for any LPN who is practicing should be aware of. It not only varies by state, but by specific units, skilled care, home health, etc.
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    OH boy here we go....
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    You are a recent NCLEX LPN, in April, I believe....you should know your own scope of practice......Is this a homework question?

    The LPN scope of practice varies state to state and facility to facility.
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    Yes I do and everyone should so one can protect their license/livelihood.

    Just because your job says, "yes you can do it" does not mean that it is under your scope of practice.
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    Quote from KRODD
    Care to venture any guesses guys?

    I meant this as a General scope of practice


    Ie. stable patients or patients with predictable outcomes!
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    Sounds like you are upset with an LPN? Or you are an LPN that has been asked to do something you feel not in your scope?
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