Iowa Administrative Code 655 6.5(1)b.(2) permits the licensed practical nurse, working under the supervision of the registered nurse, to supervise in a nursing facility. The licensed practical nurse who is employed to supervise must complete a course specifically designed for the supervisory role of the LPN in long-term care within six months of employment. The course must be the course that was developed and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and be offered by a board-approved nursing program or a board-approved provider of continuing education. It is the responsibility of the licensed practical nurse to maintain his or her certificate documenting completion of the course. This course may have a portion of it online but it does require face to face interaction for the clinical component.
A licensed practical nurse is entitled to supervise without the educational requirement outlined above if the licensed practical nurse was performing in a supervisory role on or before October 6, 1982.
Licensed Practical Nurses who are employed in a supervisory capacity and are unable to obtain the course within the first six months of employment must complete the LPN Supervisory Waiver Form and explain the reason a waiver of the LPN Supervising in Health Care Facilities Course is being requested.
Licensed practical nurses who are enrolled full-time in a registered nurse program are not exempt from the course. However, an LPN who is a full-time student in an RN program and is scheduled to graduate within one year, may request the form by writing to the board office or clicking this link to download: LPN Supervisory Waiver Form. The request for a waiver must state the number of credit hours to be taken each semester and include the student's expected date of graduation.
Individuals who do not graduate from the RN program as scheduled or who are not successful on the RN-NCLEX must take the next available course.
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