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arizona vol5 • No 1 MARCH 2010 SCOPE OF PRACTICE LAWS ARE YOUR “Limits & Privileges” National Overview What is scope of practice? • Activities that an individual practitioner is legally permitted to perform within a profession. • The legal framework defines and controls the delivery of services, the settings and parameters of professional activities. State Legislatures Enact Scope of Practice Laws “Limits & Privileges” SCOPE OF PRACTICE: LPN WHAT IS THE SCOPE & Provide Assessment Data Unlicensed Assistive Personnel Activities of Daily Living COMPETENCIES OF CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS? • Vital Signs • Height and Weight • I and O’s • Bathing • Skin Care • Toileting • Oral Care Safety and Emergency Procedures Activities Performed Under Supervision of RN or Physician Participating Development Strategy of Care • Infection Control • CPR state board of nursing R e g u l a t o R y J o u R n a l SCOPE OFPractice WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED ABOUT SCOPE OF PRACTICE LAWS? Health Profes- sion’s Boards Implement Laws Through Regulation Establish Minimum Qualifications for Licensure, License/Certify Practitio- ners, Investigate complaints and discipline violators Significant liability issues created when practicing outside your scope of practice; may be personally held accountable Maintaining Safe Activities Contributing to Assessment Delegating Activities Within Scope of Practice and Effective Nursing Care Implementing Strategy of Care Taught to identify normal from abnormal in body systems and to identify changes in patient conditions & report to RN or MD for further “full assessment” SCOPE OF PRACTICE: RN Legally Accountable Decisions and Nursing Care Received Diagnosing and Prescribing Interventions and Treatments Evaluating Responses to Care Comprehensive Assessment Health Status VolunteeR oppoRtunity foR the MeasuRing CoMpetenCy With siMulation arizona STATE BOARD OF NURSING RegulatoRy JouRnal 1

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