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To evaluate a certain nursing practice or activity as within the scope of practice for an LPN, RN or APRN, you should answer the following:
If YES, the activity may be within the scope of practice of the RN or LPN.
If NO, documentation of additional educational preparation, training and experience for the RN or LPN may be required, or it may be an act within the scope of practice of a nurse authorized to practice in an advanced role.
If YES, continue on.
If NO, it is not within the nurse's scope of practice (or scope, within a particular facility).
If NO, it is not within the nurse's scope of practice.
If NO, it is not within the nurse's scope of practice and may place both the patient and nurse at risk.
If YES, the nurse may perform the activity, based on a valid order when required, and in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of care.
To clarify scope of practice issues, refer to the Board's Advisory Rulings on nursing practice.
The Nursing Practice Advisory Panel is a group of nurses from diverse backgrounds that volunteer their time to provide input regarding nursing practice issues. If you would like to be considered for panel membership, fill out the application below and follow the instructions.