Nursing Practice Of Assessment And Leadership As A Registered Nurse

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The Nursing Practice of Assessment and Leadership as a Registered Nurse (RN) versus a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Nurses are always expected to act professionally and ethically while promoting wellness and providing the appropriate care needed by the patients. According to Lewis, American Nurses Association (ANA) described nursing as the identification and management of how the human body reacts to possible “health problems” (Lewis, Dirksen, Heitkemper and Bucher, 2014, p.3). Nurses, whether an LVN or an RN are expected to uphold the standards of practice in nursing. Despite the similarities between the LVN and RN scope of practice, the RN functions at a higher level than the LVN. When the two standards of nursing practice, such as assessment and leadership are compared between an LVN and an RN, the differences in their tasks become evident.
Although the LVN and RN can both do assessments, the level of their assessments are not the same. The LVN’s scope of practice allows the LVN to do basic assessments, while the RN is responsible for making a comprehensive and more in depth assessments. According to The Role of Registered Nursing submitted by The Joint Commission and Dumpel (2004), assessments that require the combination of data and evaluation are not within the LVN’s scope of practice. The LVN’s scope of practice only allows them to perform basic assessments that are defined by law as data collection. (The Joint Practice Commission and Dumpel, 2004, p. 16). This…

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