A nursing team consists of an RN, an LPN/LVN, and a nursing assistant. The nurse should assign which of the following patients to the LPN/LVN?
REWORDED QUESTION: Which patient is an appropriate assignment for the LPN/LVN?
STRATEGY: Think about the skill level involved in each patient's care.
NEEDED INFO: LPN/LVN: assists with implementation of care; performs procedures; differentiates normal from abnormal; cares for stable patients with predictable conditions; has knowledge of asepsis and dressing changes; administers medications (varies with educational background and state nurse practice act).
CATEGORY: Planning/Safe and Effective Care
(1) A 72-year-old patient with diabetes who requires a dressing change for a stasis ulcer
CORRECT: stable patient with an expected outcome
(2) A 42-year-old patient with cancer of the bone complaining of pain
Requires assessment; RN is the appropriate caregiver
(3) A 55-year-old patient with terminal cancer being transferred to hospice home care
Requires nursing judgment; RN is the appropriate caregiver
(4) A 23-year-old patient with a fracture of the right leg who asks to use the urinal
Standard unchanging procedure; assign to the nursing assistant
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