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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.

Each BCCNM designation has its own set of Standards of Practice.

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