Due to staffing shortages, our hospital is considering a care model that includes an increased use of LPNs. What criteria should we use to develop an LPN care model?
What Criteria Should You Use For An LPN Care Model?
Check the LPN scope of practice in your state. Here are a variety of points you should consider to develop an LPN care model.
- Can LPNs perform assessments, for instance? States may vary on scope.
- Develop a job description with specific job responsibilities that are clearly defined and not overly generalized. It should be very clear what they can and cannot do, and the scope of their assessments based on their scope of practice.
- LPNs can provide oversight for nurse aides if delegated by RN or within scope of practice.
- RNs can delegate responsibilities to LPN as long as what the RN can delegate is clearly defined
- The hospital considers competency assessments or training as appropriate to skills needed.
- Many states allow LPNs to administer certain medications. (Check state licensing as they may also require specialized training before including it in their scope).
- LPNs make great partners in delivering care alongside RNs. They can replace nursing assistants and do more.
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