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Scope of Practice

Describe the meaning of the phrase scope of practice for the new receptionist. Select a health care professional that the receptionist might encounter in the emergency room, and provide examples of that person's scope of practice and the types of documentation in a medical record. Discuss licensing limitations for his or her practice so the new receptionist has a better grasp on what goes on within the hospital.

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The "Scope of Practice" defines the procedures, actions, and processes that are permitted for the licensed individual. It is not a practice guideline or protocol. Each state has laws, licensing bodies, and regulations that describe requirements for education and training, and define scope of practice (Wikipedia, 2010b).

The nursing profession can be confusing since it encompasses different types of caregivers. There can be assistive personnel (nursing assistants), registered nurses (RN), and/or advanced practice nursing like nurse practitioners (NP) among others.

Nursing assistants work under the supervision of RN and usually do tasks such as: answer patients' call signals; measuring and recording food and liquid intake and output and vital signs; report changes to ...

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The solution involves discussion of the term 'scope of practice'and examples of health care professionals that the receptionist might encounter in the emergency room and their practice including what type of documentation they are allowed in a medical record. This solution is 369 words.