Should Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurses or Nursing Technicians / Assistants be taught to make nursing diagnoses?
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The use of nursing diagnosis requires clinical judgment based on a holistic nursing assessment. Because only professional nurses (RN’s in the USA, for example) are licensed to perform nursing assessments, it is not acceptable for a practical / vocational nurse or nursing technician / assistant to make a clinical judgment resulting in a nursing diagnosis. However, these individuals work with professional nurses to provide care to patients, by implementing a plan of care that is developed by the professional nurse. Therefore, it is important they understand the nursing diagnoses just as much as the medical diagnoses, so the rationale is clear for the interventions they are asked to do.
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