The practice of an LPN means providing care to individuals and groups, requiring the application of basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, social, and nursing sciences. The LPN practices under the direction of an RN, physician, physician assistant, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, or chiropractor. In Ohio, an LPN is expected to function within the limits of practice set by the Ohio Revised Code as well as by any rules by the Board of Nursing, applicable laws, rules, and professional standards (ORC, 4723.01 (B) – (D)).
It is an expectation that current knowledge of duties, responsibilities, and accountabilities necessary for safe nursing practice be maintained and that an LPN can demonstrate competence and accountability in the care they deliver. LPNs are also expected to have the skills necessary to recognize, refer, seek consultation, or implement interventions that may be needed to manage complications that may arise. More detail is available at codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4723.01.
In Ohio, an LPN is expected to promptly implement any order or direction for a client unless the LPN believes or should believe the order is inaccurate, not properly authorized, not current, valid, or contraindicated by other documented information.
An LPN must obtain clarification for any order or direction for a client when the LPN believes or should have reason to believe the order or direction is inaccurate, not properly authorized, not current, valid, or contraindicated by other documented information. Clarification for an order or direction requires a timely consultation with an appropriate licensed practitioner.