What is the LPN scope of practice? The licensed practical nurse scope of practice varies according to the industry or the employer where they work. They mostly work under the supervision of physician, dentist, psychologist, optometrist, nurse practitioner, podiatrist, homeopath or registered nurse.
The scope of practice will also vary based on the state where they choose to work as the laws governing their responsibility differ from one state to the other. The LPN scope of practice is restricted when compared to a registered nurse.
They work as part of the team of health care professionals in providing the best medical care to the patients. The practice areas would also differ based on the responsibilities assigned by the physician or nurse under whose supervision they work.
Here is a list of LPN scope of practice.
• Depending on the skills and training of the individual licensed practical nurse they could be assigned more complex responsibilities.
• Most of these nurses work in hospitals, private nursing homes, old age care centers, trauma units, nursing care facilities, offices of physicians, general medical and surgical hospitals and home health care services. Depending on where they are employed the scope of practice may differ.
• There are certain states which permit the licensed practical nurse to administer intravenous fluids.
• The main task of the licensed practical nurse is to provide basic patient care under the guidance of a physician. They would also be responsible for the personal hygiene of the patient and help them in bath and dressing.
• They will help in collecting all information pertaining to the patient. This will help the physicians change the medication or treatment methods, which will help, the patient recover quickly.
• In most states the scope of practice of a LPN is not defined and this limits the tasks, which can be assigned to these professionals.
As the licensed practical nurse experience increases, the scope of practice will also involve more complex responsibilities. In most cases the LPN scope of practice is at the discretion of the physician or nurse under whose supervision they work.