LPN's and care plans

  1. I'm curious, are lpn's allowed to start, or update patient care plans?
    According to the office of professions @ NY education department lpn's "may not create, initiate, or alter nursing care goals or establish nursing care plans." "LPN's function by law in a dependent role at the direction of the RN or other selected authorized health care provider.
    I see many lpn's are working on care plans. Is that legal?
    See http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurse-scope-lpn-rn.htm
    Last edit by makes needs known on Jan 26, '09 : Reason: address incorrect
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   makes needs known
    I was really interested in hearing any input from other nurses about this. I don't think I misinterpreted the web site. Thanks
  4. by   lpnflorida
    In Florida, we can not initiate a care plan, we can however update the care plan, meaning we can write on the care plan a daily progress note. If a new issue needs to be addressed we let the Rn know if it is our own patient so that again they can put in the intial problem.
  5. by   lpnflorida
    Updating a care plan is not the same as altering the care plan. I would take altering to be making a change to the plan which has already been chosen by the Rn.

    Example: Pressure Ulcer Prevention Plan:

    1. turn q 2 hours
    2. ensure adequate nutrition and hydration
    3. keep skin clean and dry,,

    etc,etc
    I can write on the plan beneath

    todays date; skin remains intact measures appear to be effective , patient is turned q2 hours, skin cleansed after incontinent episodes barrier cream applied, heels elevated on pillows, no skin alterations noted.

    or some such thing.
  6. by   makes needs known
    Our RN's have been giving us a dx sheet with a list of diagnosis for a new pt. and having us write the care plan. Our care plans are specific, like frequent uti's, or copd, etc. We fill in the meds and interventions, RN checks them after.
  7. by   makes needs known
    Could you explain this comment a little better? thanks
  8. by   irienurse
    The NYSOP gives your license and determine what you can and cannot do, not the RN or the facility. No RN cosignings or check-offs . OP gives your license and will take it away for violations. The site and # are available so, not knowing is not an acceptable excuse to the board. please keep up with the changes
  9. by   irienurse
    Inappropriate use of LPNs may expose agencies to potential litigation, the delegating RN to a potential charge of unprofessional conduct for inappropriate delegation of professional responsibilities [see Regent Rules 29.1(b)(10)], and the LPN to a charge of acting outside the scope of nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse [see Regents Rules 29.1(b)(9)].
  10. by   irienurse
    LPN's in New York State do not have assessment privileges; they may not interpret patient clinical data or act independently on such data; they may not triage; they may not create, initiate, or alter nursing care goals or establish nursing care plans.
    Last edit by irienurse on Apr 2, '09 : Reason: addition
  11. by   lpnflorida
    Quote from irienurse
    New York State do not have assessment privileges; they may not interpret patient clinical data or act independently on such data; they may not triage; they may not create, initiate, or alter nursing care goals or establish nursing care plans.

    hmm I think I did address this already
  12. by   makes needs known
    Yes I have read all this, too. But LPN's are working on care plans. Updating, etc. I am not. I would much rather spend time with my patients. That why I became a nurse. So many LPN's are working on the careplans and when I comment that we maybe should not be doing it, I worry that I'm a trouble maker and not pulling my weight. What really bothers me is that the Lpn's that are supposed to be doing med passes and treatments, etc. are working on care plans. And that's the way the RN's want it.
  13. by   makes needs known
    Well our RN Head Nurse is stll expecting us to start and work on care plans. I can understand updating an existing care plan but she is still leaving the lpn a folder of careplans to work on when she goes home at 330p.

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