The practice of practical nursing is defined in Section 961 of Chapter 11, Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950. According to this law, practical nursing is the performance, for pay, of acts in the care, treatment or observation of the ill and for the maintenance of the health of others and the promotion of health care. Practical nurses may train and/or supervise other nurses, and subordinate personnel. They may also instruct patients.
A licensed practical nurse must practice under the direction of one of the following: licensed physician, optometrist, dentist, or registered nurse. A licensed practical nurse may perform duties consistent with his/her educational preparation. The licensed practical nurse may also, with appropriate training (which is approved by this board, and documented), perform additional specified acts which are authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners when directed to do so by the licensed physician, optometrist, dentist, or registered nurse.
The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE) has no "laundry list" of tasks/skills a licensed practical nurse can perform. Such lists tend to limit practice. Scope of practice is a fluid concept. It changes as knowledge and technology expand. Licensed practical nurses must possess the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform their duties, therefore, scope of practice comes down to the competency of the individual licensed practical nurse.
The following list is not inclusive and should not be used to define or limit practice of licensed practical nurses.
The following are some of the tasks (those most frequently inquired about) a licensed practical nurse may perform when the above conditions are met:
Please contact our office if you need further clarification on any of the practice issues listed here.