Welcome to the Massachusetts Licensed Practical Nurse Society
Mass LPN is dedicated to empowering Massachusetts licensed practical nurses to make informed decisions regarding regulatory and legislative issues which affect our profession. We are also committed to insuring quality healthcare for all residents of the Commonwealth and strengthening our identity as licensed healthcare providers.
Traditionally, LPN's are thought of as direct bedside caregivers. In today's healthcare climate, LPN's continue to care for residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities, as well as care for patients in community settings such as private homes, primary care and specialty medical practices, outpatient clinics, community health centers, and adult day health facilities. LPN's are also employed by healthcare delivery systems and health insurance companies to participate in care management processes to insure continuity as patients navigate through the healthcare system.
LEGISLATIVE ALERTS The following bills are currently being considered by the Massachusetts legislature. They share a common theme of permitting nursing functions to be performed by non-nurses:
S.1021 and H.1268 would amend Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C to allow "qualified medical assistants" to administer vaccines. Both bills allege this change will increase access to vaccines. A request was sent to the senate chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health asking if evidence had been presented showing people were being denied vaccines due to a lack of licensed nurses. So far, there has not been any response.
S. 1014 will allow nursing homes to replace licensed nurses with "medication aides." This bill is currently in the Joint Committee on Public Health which held a hearing in November and must make a finding on the bill by March 20.
S. 1064 would allow RN's to delegate medication administration to home health aides who service patients under the care of a home health agency or hospice.
These bills all disregard the professional accountability of the licensed nurse for patient assessment and evaluation of the patient's response to treatment. Please contact your state representative and senator to help defeat these bills which take nursing care out of the capable hands of licensed nurses.