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Scope of Practice FAQs

Below you'll find FAQs on a variety of LPN scope-related topics. Don't see the information you're looking for? Email practice@bccnm.ca and we'll be happy to assist.

If a dietitian writes a client-specific order for enteral feeds for my client, can I administer them?

No. LPNs always require a client-specific order from a listed health professional (dietitians are non-listed health professionals) to administer enteral feeds to a client. The order may be to follow dietitian recommendations.

Do I need a client-specific order for my client’s oral diet?

Determining oral diet is a non restricted activity, which means a nurse, or another health professional, can decide a client’s diet. However, employers/organizations may narrow scope of practice around determining client diet and set specific polices and procedures--see Controls on Practice on the scope resource page. Review your employer’s policies and guidelines so you are aware of any restrictions that apply.