A newly diagnosed diabetic is asking for advice on eating right for his condition. What type of advice do you offer the patient?
A balanced diet of high protein, high fat, and low to no carb foods would be the right diet for a diabetic. Carbs can be eaten in measured proportions.
The registered nurse asks you, an LVN, to start an IV of normal saline and at 4:00 PM start the blood transfusion. What steps or measures do you take for this task assigned to you by the RN?
You can initiate an IV line of normal saline, but it is out of your scope of practice as an LVN to transfuse blood. You must inform the RN that it is out of your scope of practice and decline to complete the task.
You are a medical assistant at an outpatient clinic, the phone rings, nurses and doctors are out to lunch, and it is a patient calling asking for a refill on one of his medications. Will you make that refill for the patient?
No. As a medical assistant. It is out of your scope of practice to refill, renew or prescribe medication. You must wait and inform the nurse or doctor of the patient's request for a refill.