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The American Nurses: A Case Study

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Prior to reading the article, I thought that UAP and LPNs have the same job description. The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines UAP as “an unlicensed individual who is trained to function in an assistive role to the licensed nurse in the provision of patient activities as delegated by the nurse”. In addition, LPN must complete a 1 year to 18 months educational program. LPN job description is to provide basic patient care under the supervision of RN (Snyder, Medina, Bell, and Wavra, 2004, p. 4). RN should complete an assessment of the patient as well as reviewing the patient individualized plane of care before delegating a task. In addition, the RN should ensure proper training, and that the UAP is competent to handle the task before
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