* Unlicensed assistive personnel
must complete a standard program of education and gaining for unlicensed assistive personnel
in dialysis, with continuing educational requirements after the completion of the education program.
Delegation to unlicensed assistive personnel
is a challenging area for professional nurses (Boucher, 1998).
At the present time, 22 states expressly permit dialysis technicians or unlicensed assistive personnel
to administer heparin as ordered to initiate or terminate a hemodialysis treatment.
Position statement on registered nurse utilization of unlicensed assistive personnel
. The American Nurse, 25(2), 7-8.
Students functioning as unlicensed assistive personnel
(UAPs) for compensation may only perform tasks that do not require the use of independent nursing judgment as described in [section] 224.8(c), Nursing Tasks Prohibited from Delegation.
This means in certain settings registered nurses are permitted to "delegate" certain nursing tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel
(14) A 2000 Chicago Tribune investigation reported numerous dangerous, and sometimes fatal mistakes as a result of cuts in hospital staff and the hiring of unlicensed assistive personnel
to do the traditional duties of licensed, educated, and regulated registered nurses.
Only 24% of the nurses said they dispensed all medications; the others delegated the duty to unlicensed assistive personnel
, who most often were school secretaries (J.
American Nurses' Association position statement on registered nurse utilization of unlicensed assistive personnel
, NAS Newsletter, 10(2), 10-12.
To maintain essential services or to expand the school nurses' proactive role, an increasing number of school systems are using unlicensed assistive personnel
to support the delivery of health services to students.
The recent increase in unlicensed assistive personnel
(UAP) at the bedside also raises some questions about scope of practice.
Many pediatric nurses are working in environments where registered nurses are being replaced with unlicensed assistive personnel