Now, let's take a look at the same six roles of an LPN.
Remember that an RN's scope of practice
includes an initial admission history or initial assessment
of a patient,
but that's not within the scope of practice of an LPN.
LPNs also monitor the patient's condition and report
those changes to either the supervising RN or the health
It's important to know, that LPN's are usually required to
practice under the supervision
which could be that of either a registered nurse or health
Now, LPNs can contribute to the plan of care versus create
or evaluate the plan of care.
And they can also, the LPNs, can reinforce the RN's initial
Some facilities do not allow LPNs to practice in some
and some States limit certain IV medications that the LPN
It's important to know as well about blood products.
Many places don't allow LPNs to administer blood product,
this is actually quite common.
So, overall, there's less autonomy, and some tasks you
cannot perform as an LPN.
Now that we've talked about the differences of scope of
between RNs and LPNs, I want to let you know
that there are some exceptions in special settings, like the
outpatient setting for example.
Now an outpatient, you know, sometimes LPNs tend to have a
little bit more autonomy
especially when the needs of the patient care align with the
LPN's scope of practice.
I'd like to take a moment just to get on the soapbox here.
Now, do the focus of mastery of clinical technical skills.
I can tell you anecdotally that LPN graduates often report
feeling more prepared for clinical skills than the RN
And as nursing faculty for both the LPN and RN students,
I can honestly say, my LPN students were able to carry a
full team of patients
earlier on in their program than many of their RN