When assigning care to a health care aide (HCA), what does a Licensed Practical Nurse need to know?
Your primary resource should be “Decision-Making Standards for Nurses in the Supervision of Health Care Aides” (2010).
This joint document from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA), the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) ensures all potential risk factors are considered.
It was developed to ensure consistent interpretation and application of the Health Professions Act and nursing regulations, and to increase clarity between nurses, HCAs, and the public.
Decision-Making Standards describes the real meaning of the seemingly complex legislation that governs the relationship between nurses and HCAs:
When nursing care is being provided, regulated nurses have the authority and responsibility to determine when an invasive procedure is considered a restricted activity and when it is an activity of daily living. That decision determines what can and cannot be done by the health care aide.
The centrepiece of the document is a decision tree outlining all the considerations to be made when assigning care.
The CLPNA strongly recommends every LPN become familiar with and use Decision-Making Standards in their workplace.
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