West Virginia Code of State Rules
Title 10 - Licensed Practical Nurses
10-03 - Legal Standards Of Nursing Practice For The Licensed Practical Nurse
§10-3-3 - Standards Related to the Licensed Practical Nurses' Contribution to, and Responsibility for, the Nursing Process.
§10-3-3. Standards Related to the Licensed Practical Nurses' Contribution to, and Responsibility for, the Nursing Process.
The licensed practical nurse practicing under the direction of a registered professional nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist shall:
3.1. contribute to the nursing assessment by collecting, reporting and recording objective and subjective data in an accurate and timely manner. Data collection includes, but is not limited to observations of:
3.1.a. the condition or change in the condition of a client; and
3.1.b. signs and symptoms of deviation from normal health status;
3.2. participate in the development of the strategy of care in consultation with other nursing personnel. Participation in the development of a strategy of care includes:
3.2.a. contributing to the identification of priorities;
3.2.b. contributing to setting realistic and measurable goals; and
3.2.c. contributing to the selection of nursing interventions which include measures to maintain comfort, support human functions and responses, maintain an environment conducive to well being, and provide health teaching and counseling;
3.3. provide nursing care under the direction of a registered professional nurse by:
3.3.a. caring for clients whose conditions are stabilized or predictable;
3.3.b. assisting with clients whose conditions are critical and/or fluctuating under the direct supervision of the registered professional nurse;
3.3.c. implementing nursing care according to the priority of needs and established practices;
3.3.d. providing an environment conducive to safety and health;
3.3.e. documenting nursing interventions and responses to care; and
3.3.f. communicating nursing interventions and responses to care to appropriate members of the health team.
3.4. Assign components of nursing care to other qualified persons; and
3.5. Contribute to the evaluation of the responses of individuals and groups to nursing interventions by:
3.5.a. monitoring the responses to nursing interventions;
3.5.b. documenting and communicating assessment data to appropriate members of the health care team; and
3.5.c. contributing to the modification of the strategy of care on the basis of the assessment data.