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So, I'm trying to figure out what exactly* is in the scope of practice for an LPN? I am finding conflicting information regarding things such as IV push (for example morphine). I also cannot find any information regarding the ability for LPNs to do such things as heparin drips.

I've been looking at the definitions of scope of practice for RNs vs LPNs and I'll be honest, it has left me more confused than before. I know RNs make "assessments" while LPNs "collect data" to contribute to assessments, contribute to care plans, et cetera. My questions are more in application of delegations.

Any help in clarifying would be greatly appreciated!

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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LPN scope of practice is totally dependent on the state where the LPN practices.

For instance, some states (e.g. Oklahoma, Texas) have wide-open scopes of practice, thereby permitting LPNs/LVNs to perform virtually the same skills and duties as their RN counterparts. Other states (e.g. California) have restrictive scopes of practice, such as disallowing LVNs to administer IV medications other than normal saline.

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Thank you! And I apologize for the delayed response. It is frustrating, the roles are not well defined in my state and is rather confusing. I suppose it is a judgment call in a lot of cases.

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