Nursing Liability: Questions and Answers

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Given those rights what would you as the charge RN not delegate to a LPN or CNA and why?

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To first understand which rights an RN can, and cannot, delegate to a LPN or CAN, one has to first understand the differences between these two layers of professional nurses.
The LPN (license practical nurse) possesses 15-18 months of nursing training and are licensed. Their tasks are governed by state boards of nursing as well as by the institutions in which they work. They are permitted to do nursing assessments and pass medications. They can also work as charge nurses in nursing home, supervising floors of patients and CNAs.
The CNA (certified nursing assistant) is the one who does the grunt work in patient care. Tasks include bathing, monitoring vital signs, cleaning up after incontinence, transferring from bed to chair and vice-versa, and so forth. They receive 40-60 hours of training followed by certified examination.
Given these distinctions, the CNA can be accorded right task and right circumstance since they are given training that is sufficient for the tasks that they are prompted to fulfill and since this deals with their grunt tasks. The LPM, on the other hand, can be accorded the higher responsibilities of right direction/ communication, right supervision, and right person since they have received…

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