Understanding the role of a registered practical nurse

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· Explain the term scope of practice and the importance of understanding your scope of practice as a Registered Practical Nurse. 

· Explore ONE of the listed specialties where RPN’s practice.

o Palliative care, Medicine, Peri-Operative, Geriatrics, Primary Care, Mental health, Maternal Child, Pediatric, Community Care (Homecare), Public Health.

· Describe the role of the RPN in the specialty related practice setting.

o What nursing services do RPN’s provide in this setting? 

o What specific skills are unique to this practice area?

o Discuss the knowledge required for this RPN role, consider: 

§ continuing education 

§ additional training

· Define patient centered care within the context of the practice setting. Using an example discuss how patient centered care is enacted in the practice setting.

NOTE: Kindly take note that this is for the registered practical nurse and not the registered nurse. Canadian website only please.

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Understanding the Role of the Registered Practical Nurse

Scholarly Paper

Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) work in a variety of settings and are valued members of the health care team. Understanding the role of the RPN within a chosen specialty will provide students with an introductory understanding of the RPN scope of practice and role clarity.

Aims of the Paper:

· To explain and discuss the concept of scope of practice.

· To explore the role of the RPN

· in a chosen specialty.

· To discuss the concept of client centered care and how it is applied in the chosen specialty.

· To develop scholarly writing skills.

Format:

· Be written in APA format 7th edition with citations and references according to APA @ Conestoga

· Be no more than 3 pages (not including title page or references). The paper will not be marked beyond the paper limits.

· Have a title page, headers and page numbers

· Paper should have an introduction and conclusion

· Be in Ariel 12 font, double-spaced

· Submitted electronically on the course shell.

· Turn-it-in enabled on shell.

Paper Overview

· Explain the term scope of practice and the importance of understanding your scope of practice as a Registered Practical Nurse.

· Explore ONE of the listed specialties where RPN’s practice.

·
Palliative care, Medicine, Peri-Operative, Geriatrics, Primary Care, Mental health, Maternal Child, Pediatric, Community Care (Homecare), Public Health.

· Describe the role of the RPN in the specialty related practice setting.

· What nursing services do RPN’s provide in this setting?

· What specific skills are unique to this practice area?

· Discuss the knowledge required for this RPN role, consider:

· continuing education

· additional training

· Define patient centered care within the context of the practice setting. Using an example discuss how patient centered care is enacted in the practice setting.

Late Assignments:

· See Student Handbook for regulations regarding late assignments.

Tips:

· Look closely at the rubric so you know how you are being evaluated.

· Use reliable references, this may mean doing some research to ensure what you are putting in your paper is accurate.

· Use Canadian references when you can. A lot of information from other jurisdictions/countries will not apply to nursing in Canada.

· Check each citation / reference to ensure it is APA.

· When using in-text quotations ensure you add your own thoughts and ideas related to the quotation.

Role Clarity Scholarly – Rubric

 

Criteria 

4 

 (100%-90%) 

3.4 

(89% – 80%) 

 

(79% – 70%) 

2.6  

(69%-65%) 

0 

(64%-0) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments 

Title page & formatting 

 

Matches APA 7th edition. Uses APA at Conestoga for guidelines and examples.  

 

No errors 

Minimal errors 

 

Some errors 

Several errors 

Many errors 

 

 

 

 

 

/20 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essay style  

 

Clear and logical flow including introduction, content & conclusion 

 

Clearly and logically presented 

 

Minimal gaps in flow of ideas 

 

Some gaps in flow of ideas 

 

Several gaps in flow of ideas 

 

Many gaps in flow of ideas 

Grammar/spelling 

Proper use of spelling and grammar used consistently throughout the paper. 

No errors

Minimal errors 

 

Some errors 

Several errors. 

Many errors 

APA references & Citations 

 

Appropriate use of in-text citations and corresponding references.  Matches APA 7th edition. Uses APA at Conestoga for guidelines and examples.  

 

No errors 

Minimal errors 

 

Some errors 

Several errors 

Many errors 

Originality Check 


Work reflects students’ own thoughts and ideas.  

Strong evidence of original and creative thought 

Good evidence of original and creative thought 

Some original and creative thought 

Lacking originality 

Originality is questionable  

 

Criteria

4 

 (100%-90%) 

3.4 

(89% – 80%) 

 

(79% – 70%) 

2.6  

(69%-65%) 

0 

(64%-0) 

CONTENT:
Role of the Professional Nurse

COMMENTS

Scope of Practice

Explains the term scope of practice and the importance of understanding scope of practice as a Registered Practical Nurse.

Provides an excellent explanation and demonstrates a clear understanding.

Provides a good explanation and demonstrates an understanding

Provides minimal explanation and has some understanding

Provides a fair explanation and/or limited understanding

Does not provide an explanation and does not lacks understanding.

Nursing Specialty

The description of the specialty has been clearly explored.

Excellent description of the specialty and thorough exploration.

Good description of the specialty, but could be more thoroughly explored

Some description of the specialty, with minimal exploration.

Fair description of the specialty, too brief and/or missing content in the exploration.

Description of the specialty and exploration is severely lacking and/or omitted.

/24

Services

Services within the specialty area are identified with examples

Excellent and thorough discussion of the services provided in the specialty area

Good discussion of the services provided in the specialty area, but could be more thorough

Minimal discussion of the services provided in the specialty area, some content missing

Fair discussion of the services provided in the specialty area, too brief and/or missing content

Discussion of the services provided in the specialty area is severely lacking and/or omitted

Skills

Specific skills that are unique to this practice area are described.

Excellent and thorough description of the skills that are unique to the practice area.

Good description of the skills that are unique to the practice area.

Some description of the skills that are unique to the practice area.

Fair description of the skills that are unique to the practice area.

Description of the skills that are unique to the practice area. is severely lacking and/or omitted

Continuing Education

Continuing education & additional training has been correctly identified

Excellent and thorough discussion of the continuing education and training.

Good discussion of the discussion of the continuing education and training but could be more thorough

Minimal discussion of the continuing education and training, some content missing

Fair discussion of the continuing education and training, too brief and/or missing content

Discussion of the continuing education and training is severely lacking and/or omitted

Client Centered Care

Definition and contribution to client-centered care and provides a detailed example.

Excellent definition and thorough discussion of the contribution to client-centered care. Detailed example provided.

Good definition and discussion of the contribution to client-centered care. Good example provided.

A definition with minimal discussion of the contribution to client-centered care is provided. Relevant example with some details missing.

Fair definition and discussion of the contribution to client-centered care is provided however it is too brief and/or missing content. Fair example provided

Definition and discussion of the contribution to client centered care is severely lacking and/or omitted. No examples provided.

TOTAL MARK

/44

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