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Which of the following tasks is appropriate for the registered nurse (RN) to delegate to the licensed practical nurse (LPN)?

1. Teaching a postop client about his diet
2. Assessing a client with low blood pressure
3. Ambulating a newly postoperative client
4. Care of the ventilated client in the intensive care unit

Explanation

Option 3 (ambulating a client) is within the scope of practice of the LPN. The other options are in the scope of practice for the RN, because they require teaching (option 1), assessment (option 2), or high-level assessment and care (option 4). Which of the situations is relevant to the scope of practice for the LPN? Remember that LPNs can care for stable clients with expected outcomes.

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Andrew
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