What is the scope of practice for an RN, LPN or APRN?
There is no one list for the scope of practice for nurses (APRN, RN or LPN). You will find helpful information in our Nurse Practice Act, Position Statements, Advisory Opinions and Advisory Opinion Supplement on the Nursing Management of Invasive Devices. Nursing, Practical Nursing (LPN), Registered Nursing (RN) and Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) are all defined in the Nurse Practice Act. All of these documents are located under Law/Policies on our website ( http://www.llr.sc.gov/pol/nursing/).
Must I have a temporary permit to begin orientation?
A current South Carolina license or temporary license is required to practice nursing in this state. Orientation is considered the practice of nursing in South Carolina. Therefore, all nurses must possess a current South Carolina license and/or temporary license before beginning orientation (including classroom instruction and reading policies and procedures). It is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act to begin orientation without the proper license and can result in action by the Board. A temporary license authorizes practice in this state with privilege of title or abbreviation after name and is valid for sixty days.
School-Sponsored Out-of-State Trips:
Q: I am a school nurse in South Carolina. Students at my school are going on a school-sponsored field trip to another state. What must I do in order to practice nursing in other states that we travel to and through?
Q: I am a school nurse in another state. Students at my school will be traveling to South Carolina for a school-sponsored field trip. What must I do to assure that I am able to practice nursing while the students are in South Carolina?