What is in the legal scope of RN and LPN practice?
The legal scope of practice is detailed in statue ARS § 32-1601(12) and (13) which are printed below.
ARS § 32-1601(12)
"Practical nursing" includes the following activities that are performed under the supervision of a physician or a registered nurse:
(a) Contributing to the assessment of the health status of individuals and groups.
(b) Participating in the development and modification of the strategy of care.
(c) Implementing aspects of the strategy of care within the nurse's scope of practice.
(d) Maintaining safe and effective nursing care that is rendered directly or indirectly.
(e) Participating in the evaluation of responses to interventions.
(f) Delegating nursing activities within the scope of practice of a practical nurse.
(g) Performing additional acts that require education and training as prescribed by the Board and that are recognized by the nursing profession as proper to be performed by a practical nurse.
ARS § 32-1601(13)
"Professional nursing" includes the following:
(a) Diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems.
(b) Assisting individuals and groups to maintain or attain optimal health by implementing a strategy of care to accomplish defined goals and evaluating responses to care and treatment.
(c) Assessing the health status of individuals and groups.
(d) Establishing a nursing diagnosis.
(e) Establishing goals to meet identified health care needs.
(f) Prescribing nursing interventions to implement a strategy of care.
(g) Delegating nursing interventions to others who are qualified to do so.
(h) Providing for the maintenance of safe and effective nursing care that is rendered directly or indirectly.
(i) Evaluating responses to interventions.
(j) Teaching nursing knowledge and skills.
(k) Managing and supervising the practice of nursing.
(l) Consulting and coordinating with other health care professionals in the management of health care.
(m) Performing additional acts that require education and training as prescribed by the board and that are recognized by the nursing profession as proper to be performed by a professional nurse.