I am a new grad who just got hired and I am wonder what the regulations are regarding assessments for an average pt. in LTC. I know some pts. require more attention according to acuity, but for the average pt. are they assessed once/24hrs....twice/24hrs?? How is it split up betweent he 3 shifts? We have LPN's and CNA's and we do not do our own med passes, but there is only one RN/shift which leaves us in charge of alot of Pts!
Of course in my dream world I would be able to assess everyone once a shift, but with the nurse to patient ratio in this facility it is not even mathematically possible. I do not like not being able to assess everyone!
Thanks for any info and advice!
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I should have mentioned I am in California. Anyone know the regulations for California? LPN's are not able to assess here, I thought that was a nationwide thing?
Now I have another question....if LPN's in the previous states mentioned are able to assess, then what is the difference between LPN's and RN's? It seems LPN's do not have the science background for assessing.
In PA an LPN can do an initial admission assessment and f/u assessments. You also need to check with your facility policy.
Read your nurse practice act!
Last edit by jimthorp on Nov 27, '11
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