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Licensed Practical Nurse Scope of Practice & Assessment Information

Pursuant to 655 IAC, Chapter 6, 6.3(152), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may not perform an initial assessment. Registered Nurse (RN) must perform the initial assessment. The initial assessment determines a patient’s baseline and develop an initial nursing plan of care.

LPNs may assist the RN in the nursing process, once the initial assessment and nursing plan of care are completed. This must be consistent with accepted and prevailing nursing practice. The LPN is to communicate any change of a patient's status to the RN. 

Updated: 11/09/2022