Question: I work at [state agency] and we have questions about specific assessment activities allowed by an RN as opposed to an LPN. I have a provider question about a portion of the MDS that is a comprehensive assessment that I believe should be covered as assessment activity under the Board rules but would like to have the opportunity to discuss with a board staff member what the process entails to make sure we are in agreement before I answer the provider.
Response: Thank you for contacting the MBON with a question about assessment roles of RN v. LPN. It is not the role of MBON staff to offer legal interpretations and suggest decisions for various questions and scenarios posed. Particularly when the situation is hypothetical, it can be even more dangerous for staff to provide input and opinions that could be misconstrued. These types of conversations may then morph into statements being attributed to MBON that inadvertently are interpreted as "law" or with the force of regulation, when, in fact, it is no more than an opinion. That is why we must point you back to the NPA and COMAR.
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