Difference Between LPN vs. RN Practice Roles (LPN)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 Now, let's take a look at the same six roles of an LPN.

    00:05 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.

    00:17 LPNs also monitor the patient's condition and report those changes to either the supervising RN or the health care provider.

    00:26 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 care providers.

    00:38 Now, LPNs can contribute to the plan of care versus create or evaluate the plan of care.

    00:45 And they can also, the LPNs, can reinforce the RN's initial teaching.

    00:51 Some facilities do not allow LPNs to practice in some specialty areas, and some States limit certain IV medications that the LPN can give.

    01:02 It's important to know as well about blood products.

    01:05 Many places don't allow LPNs to administer blood product, this is actually quite common.

    01:11 So, overall, there's less autonomy, and some tasks you cannot perform as an LPN.

    01:16 Now that we've talked about the differences of scope of practice between RNs and LPNs, I want to let you know that there are some exceptions in special settings, like the outpatient setting for example.

    01:28 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.

    01:40 I'd like to take a moment just to get on the soapbox here.

    01:43 Now, do the focus of mastery of clinical technical skills.

    01:47 I can tell you anecdotally that LPN graduates often report feeling more prepared for clinical skills than the RN students.

    01:57 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 counterparts.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Difference Between LPN vs. RN Practice Roles (LPN) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Choosing an LPN Nursing Program and Getting into LPN School.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Performing an initial admission history
    2. Monitoring the condition of a client
    3. Contributing to a client’s plan of care
    4. Reinforcing teaching initiated by an RN
    1. LPNs may or may not be permitted to work in specialty areas, depending on organization policy.
    2. LPNs are always allowed to administer intravenous medications or blood products.
    3. LPNs have a greater scope of practice than RNs and often work in leadership roles.
    4. LPNs are often responsible for initiating client teaching and creating plans of care.

    Author of lecture Difference Between LPN vs. RN Practice Roles (LPN)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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