Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-6-.05 - Practice Of Practical Nursing (Licensed Practical Nurse Practice)

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022

(1) The practice of practical nursing includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Acts designed to promote and maintain health.
(b) Prevention of illness and injury.
(c) Exercise of appropriate nursing judgment.
(d) Conducting and documenting focused nursing assessments, to include the patient's health status.
(e) Collecting and documenting data elements of a comprehensive assessment.
(f) Administering medications and treatments, when ordered by a legally authorized prescriber.
(g) Provision of care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist who considers the following elements:
(i) Evaluation of knowledge, skills, and experience of the licensed practical nurse.
(ii) Complexity of the assigned tasks.
(iii) Health status of the patient.
(h) Documentation of nursing interventions and responses to care in an accurate, timely, thorough, and clear manner.
(2) Competence in the practice of practical nursing by a licensed practical nurse shall include, but is not limited to:
(a) Knowledge and compliance with:
(i) Applicable statutes and regulations.
(ii) Standards of nursing practice.
(iii) Standardized procedures for nursing practice, including but not limited to facility policies and procedures, standing orders and approved medical protocols.
(b) Maintenance of knowledge and skills in the area of practice.
(c) Assumption of responsibility for recognizing limits of personal knowledge and experience.
(d) Consulting with or referring patients to other healthcare providers to resolve situations beyond the expertise of the licensed practical nurse.
(3) The scope of an individual licensed practical nurse's level of practice includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Educational preparation, initial and continued.
(b) License status.
(c) State and federal statutes and regulations.
(d) State and national standards appropriate to the type of practice.
(e) Limitations on scope, as determined by facility policy and procedure.
(f) Nursing experience.
(g) Demonstrated competence.
(h) Knowledge, skills, and ability to manage risks and potential complications.


Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-6-.05
New Rule: Filed October 29, 2001; effective December 3, 2001. Adopted by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIV, Issue No. 10, July 29, 2016, eff. 9/8/2016. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 10, July 31, 2018, eff. 9/3/2018.

Rule .04 was renumbered .05 as per certification filed November 23, 2009; effective December 28, 2009.

Author: Alabama Board of Nursing

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยงยง 34-21-1(3)(b), 34-21-2(a) (21), 34-21-2(c) (6) .

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