63-7-112. Use of "licensed practical nurse" title.
Any person who holds a license to practice as a practical nurse under this chapter shall, during the effective period of such license, be entitled to use the title "Licensed Practical Nurse" or abbreviation "L.P.N." No other person shall assume such title or use such abbreviation or any other words, letters or signs to indicate that the person using the same is a licensed practical nurse. [Acts 1967, ch. 78, 21; T.C.A., 63-749.]
63-7-108. "Practical nursing" defined.
The "practice of practical nursing" means the performance for compensation of selected acts required in the nursing care of the ill, injured or infirm and/or carrying out medical orders prescribed by a licensed physician or dentist under the direction of a licensed physician, dentist or professional registered nurse. The licensed practical nurse shall have preparation in and understanding of nursing, but shall not be required to have the same degree of education and preparation as required of a registered nurse. [Acts 1967, ch. 78, 17; T.C.A., 63-745.]
63-7-103. "Practice of professional nursing" defined.
(a) (1) "Practice of professional nursing" means the performance for compensation of any act requiring substantial specialized judgment and skill based on knowledge of the natural, behavioral and nursing sciences, and the humanities, as the basis for application of the nursing process in wellness and illness care.
(2) "Professional nursing" includes:
(A) Responsible supervision of a patient requiring skill and observation of symptoms and reactions and accurate recording of the facts;
(B) Promotion, restoration and maintenance of health or prevention of illness of others;
(C) Counseling, managing, supervising and teaching of others;
(D) Administration of medications and treatments as prescribed by a licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist or nurse authorized to prescribe pursuant to 63-7-123;
(E) Application of such nursing procedures as involve understanding of cause and effect; and
(F) Nursing management of illness, injury or infirmity including identification of patient problems.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the practice of professional nursing does not include acts of medical diagnosis or the development of a medical plan of care and therapeutics for a patient, except to the extent such acts may be authorized by 63-1-132, 63-7-123 and 63-7-207. [Acts 1967, ch. 78, 12; 1972, ch. 523, 1; T.C.A., 63-740; Acts 1990, ch. 651, 2.]