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Yes, it’s within an RPN’s autonomous scope of practice to act on orders given by a dietitian (non listed health professional) for enteral feeds if the following conditions are met:
If the above conditions cannot be met, the nurse cannot act on the dietitian’s order and must obtain a client-specific order from a listed health professional – i.e., physician or NP. RPNs are not authorized to select the ingredients for an enteral diet as selecting a diet is not within the RPN scope of practice. This restricted activity is carried out by a dietitian or other authorized health professional.
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.