Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) License Defense Attorney in Kansas and Missouri

Kansas and Missouri Professional Licensing Attorney Danielle R. Sanger Discusses the Role and Licensing Requirements of LPN in Healthcare

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Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, play a prominent role in healthcare today. LPNs are not merely assistants to Registered Nurses or RNs. LPNs take on enormous responsibility in managing the day-to-day care of patients in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes, healthcare clinics, and doctors’ offices. LPNs also work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and residential long-term care facilities. An LPNs’ training gives them theversatilityto work in these various settings.

Given the significance of the role LPNs play in managing the overall health and well-being of patients in the healthcare system, it is important to understand the role that LPNs play in treating patients as well as the licensing requirements LPNs must satisfy in Kansas and Missouri.

The Role of an LPN in a Patient’s Care

The duties and responsibilities of an LPN change depending on the setting. Every LPN has the technical skill to take a person’s vital signs and make other clinical assessments. An LPN working in a hospital will have duties that vary from the LPN who works in a nursing home. There are many similarities, however. LPNs’ primary role is to be effective communicators. LPNs take orders from physicians concerning a patient’s care and make sure those orders are carried out explicitly. Also, LPNs must relate the orders to the patient and the patient’s family in a way all can understand. Additionally, LPNs are advocates for their patients. LPNs take a “hands-on” approach to medical care, andthey work closely with their patients to make sure their needs aremet.

LPN Licensing Requirements in Kansas

LPNs wishing to practice in Kansas must satisfy the statutory requirements of an LPN before she or he may be permitted to practice. The applicant must graduate from a nationally accredited nursing program after receiving a high school diploma. The nursing candidate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for LPNs. Furthermore, the Kansas Board of Nursing may deny a candidate’s application for many reasons including criminal history, addiction, fraud, deceit, personal incompetence, and malpractice.

LPN Requirements in Missouri

An LPN candidate in Missouri must satisfy licensing requirements in Missouri that are similar to those in Kansas. They must meet the minimum educational requirements and be of good moral character. In Missouri, LPNs are not authorized to practice on their own. Instead, Missouri law restricts their practice ofworking directly with a physician or a registered nurse.However, the law does not require immediate physical supervision.

Rely On Experience If You Face Allegations of Unprofessional Conduct In Kansas Or Missouri

If you have received a complaint or if you are being investigated by the state board of nursing in Kansas or Missouri, speak with Licensed Practical Nurse License Defense Attorney Danielle Sanger immediately. Attorney Sanger possesses vast experience in representing healthcare professionals.

Call Attorney Sanger today at 785-979-4353 (Kansas) or 816-520-8040 (Missouri) for your free and confidential consultation and learn your rights and responsibilities if you are a nurse facing professional discipline.