An RN is in charge of a team on a medical/surgical unit that includes an LPN. The RN understands that which of the following is an activity that falls within the scope of practice of an LPN?

  • contact the physician for prescription orders
  • formulate a nursing diagnosis
  • administer oral medications to a client
  • collaborate with physical therapy to develop a discharge plan
Number 3 is correct.
Administering oral medications is an appropriate activity for the LPN. The other activities fall within only the registered nurse’s scope of practice.