Can LPNs work in the PACU if they are qualified (such as having BLS, ACLS, hemodynamic courses, arrhythmia courses, starting IVs, drawing blood, and working PACU for years)?

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Can LPNs work in the PACU if they are qualified (such as having BLS, ACLS, hemodynamic courses, arrhythmia courses, starting IVs, drawing blood, and working PACU for years)?

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A. In reference to the question regarding what functions LPNs are allowed to do, ASPAN does not have a standard or position statement specific to the role of LPN in the PACU setting, regardless of the type of surgical facility. We do recommend that you look at your state board of nursing Website for some guidance. Each state has specific rules and regulations regarding the use of practical nurses, so this would be your best resource. The functions the LPN would be allowed to perform would be dictated by the state board regulations, as well as your facility’s policies.

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