Current through August 30, 2021

Licensed practical nurses function in dependent roles. Licensed practical nurses, also referred to as LPNs, provide nursing care at the delegation of a licensed registered nurse, licensed physician, or licensed dentist pursuant to rules established by the Board. The stability of the patient's environment, the patient's clinical state, and the predictability of the outcome determine the degree of direction and supervision that must be provided to the licensed practical nurse. (7-1-21)T

01. Standards. The licensed practical nurse shall be personally accountable and responsible for all actions taken in carrying out nursing activities and adheres to the decision-making model set forth in Section 400 of these rules. (7-1-21)T
02. Functions. A partial listing of some of the functions that are included within the legal definition of licensed practical nurse, Section 54-1402(3), Idaho Code, (Nursing Practice Act) follows. This list is for example only, it is not complete. The licensed practical nurse: (7-1-21)T
a. Contributes to the assessment of health status by collecting, reporting and recording objective and subjective data; (7-1-21)T
b. Participates in the development and modification of the plan of care; (7-1-21)T
c. Implements aspects of the plan of care; (7-1-21)T
d. Maintains safe and effective nursing care; (7-1-21)T
e. Participates in the evaluation of responses to interventions; (7-1-21)T
f. Fulfills charge nurse responsibilities in health care facilities as allowed by state and federal law; (7-1-21)T
g. Delegates to others as allowed by application of the decision-making model; and (7-1-21)T
h. Accepts delegated assignments only as allowed by application of the decision-making model. (7-1-21)T
i. Engages in other interfaces with healthcare providers and other workers in settings where there is not a structured nursing organization and in settings where health care plays a secondary role, where the nurse needs to identify the nursing role and responsibility for the particular type of interface, for example, teaching, supervising, consulting, advising, etc. (7-1-21)T


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