Staffing Standards by Scope, Ratios and Acuity: How to Promote Safe Patient Care Assi

U.S.A. California


You will have fun, learn a lot, and get a continental breakfast and very nice lunch if you attend one of these classes.

If the links for the brochures don't work use this link to get them:

California Nurses Association 2004 Continuing Education Classes

"Staffing Standards by Scope, Ratios and Acuity: How to Promote Safe Patient Care Assignments".

Below are the dates and locations of the classes, Download the full brochure for class times, details and registration form.

Northern and Central California Classes - PDF Format

Southern California Classes - PDF Format

6/17/2004 Long Beach Marriott

6/22/2004 Anaheim Marriott

6/25/2004 San Diego Shelter Pointe

6/28/2004 Fresno Piccadilly

7/1/2004 Burbank Hilton

7/7/2004 Santa Maria Holiday Inn

7/12/2004 Modesto Double Tree

7/16/2004 Sacramento Holiday Inn

7/19/2004 Santa Monica Doubletree

7/27/2004 Palmdale Holiday Inn

10/5/2004 Chico Holiday Inn

10/8/2004 Santa Rosa Hilton

10/11/2004 South San Francisco Westin

10/13/2004 Inn at Morgan Hill

10/15/2004 Arcadia Embassy Suites

10/18/2004 Walnut Creek

10/22/2004 Oakland

10/26/2004 Monterey Hilton

10/29/2004 4 Points Sunnyvale

11/16/2004 Riverside Courtyard


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Link to info on the ratios.

Classes will give you actions to take to promote safe assignments


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I called. Copies of the letter will be available at the classes.

I look forward to attending one. My schedule request is already in.


Co-signing LVN Charting


What is the position of the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) regarding Registered Nurses co-signing LVN charting?


It is the position of the Board of Registered Nursing that there is no need for an RN to co-sign for an LVN either on the medication record or in the nurse's notes. The LVN has a legal license and therefore accountability for LVN practice. Co-signing implies validation the accuracy of the LVN's charted information, and unless the RN was side-by-side with the LVN, it is doubtful tha the RN could routinely validate the LVNs charting. (Source: BRN Letter dated 11/3/03)

If you have further questions, want a copy of the letter, need more information or help, please call CNA's Nursing Practice Program at 510/273-2200 or send email to [email protected]


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California Nurses Association 2004 Continuing Education Classes - Have fun learning how to promote safe assignments at YOUR hospital!

On YOUR unit! AND a free lunch!



Questions regarding LVNs providing meals/break and other relief are emerging more frequently in the context of staffing ratios and staffing by acuity.

This Nursing Practice and Patient Advocacy Alert clarifies the legal scope of practice of LVNs with respect to providing meals/breaks and other relief.

First and foremost, LVNs are not authorized under their scope of practice to relieve an RN for meals/breaks and other routine absences. The restrictions on the scope of practice of LVNs apply at all times including instances when providing meals/breaks relief.

According to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) there is no equity in practice and accountability between the license of an RN and an LVN. In other words, there is no equality or parity between the two professional licenses. Therefore, RNs and LVNs are not interchangeable.

LVNs are not independent practitioners and must be supervised by a registered nurse. The practice of LVNs is limited and much narrower than that of a registered nurse. According to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) the LVN is an "entry level health care provider who is responsible for rendering basic nursing care." (Emphasis added)

LVNs provide basic nursing care to patients under the direction of and based on an assignment made by a registered professional nurse or licensed physician. LVNs utilize manual and technical skills. Duties within the scope of practice of an LVN typically include, provision of basic hygiene and nursing care; measurement of vital signs; basic assessment (data collection); documentation; administration of prescribed medication.

Existing Title 22 regulations establish services that must be provided by registered nurses in accordance with the Nursing Practice Act and services which cannot be performed by an LVN. The regulations require that the planning and delivery of patient care services reflect all elements of the nursing process; assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, interventions, evaluation and, as circumstances require, patient advocacy. Title 22, in effect, has incorporated the RN Standards of Competent Performance into its regulations and has made it applicable to the acute care facilities.

LVNs are not authorized to perform several key elements of the nursing process, such as, initial and ongoing patient assessments (synthesis, interpretation and evaluation of data); the formulation of a nursing diagnosis; the initiation of a patient care plan; the implementation and/or assignment of interventions and the evaluation of care provided.

In addition, the patient's need for an ongoing assessment by a Registered Nurse does not cease to exist when the RN who is assigned to the patient is absent from the unit during meals/breaks

Therefore, RNs are not authorized under the Nursing Practice Act to transfer responsibility of clinical management of his/her patients to the LVN during meals/breaks and other absences from the unit.

NOTE: RNs are required to effectively supervise nursing care being given by subordinates including LVNs, CNAs and other Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP).

In general, in order to be able to provide effective clinical supervision the BRN requires

the RN to be present and available. This means being immediately available to assess, monitor, advise, intervene, report and refer to the physician and/or to initiate emergency procedures.

What about instances where the clinical supervisory duties (of the LVN) are assigned to the Charge Nurse?

The primary duties of the Charge Nurse are to coordinate all unit activities; to direct, delegate/assign the work flow on his/her unit; and to provide indirect patient care. The Charge Nurse acts as a resource person to all nursing staff and act as a liaison to all other disciplines and departments.

Adding the responsibility to supervise LVNs during meals/break relief will further increase what constitutes an excessive workload in the first place.

The key question under this scenario is whether the Charge Nurse will be available to immediately respond to the individual patient's needs or to answer the LVN's questions.

Given the increased duties and responsibilities, the answer is no.

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