In September, 2005, the New York State Board for Nursing released a memorandum that provides an interpretation of the scope of practice of both LPNs and RNs, described in the Nurse Practice Act. Additionally, the opinion describes the supervisory responsibilities of the RN related to the LPN, as well as both the graduate nurse (GN) and graduate practical nurse (GPN).
Of significant importance, the opinion clearly states that LPNs do not have assessment privileges and cannot interpret clinical data and/or establish or alter nursing care plans.
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