24.159.667 USE OF CLINICAL RESOURCE LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES (CRLPN)
(1) A clinical resource licensed practical nurse (CRLPN) is an LPN with an unencumbered Montana nursing license who provides supervision, demonstration, and collaborative evaluation of practical nursing student performance with skilled care long-term care patients.
(a) A CRLPN is required to have at least two years of experience within the past five years in a skilled care long-term care setting (this does not include experience in assisted living settings or independent living settings).
(2) CRLPNs may be used to enhance, but not replace, faculty-directed clinical learning experiences. The supervising faculty member is responsible for all students in the clinical setting, including those supervised by CRLPNs. The maximum number of nursing students a CRLPN may supervise at any one time is eight.
(3) The CRLPN is solely responsible for students and must have no concurrent clinical responsibilities.
(4) When using CRLPNs, faculty members remain responsible for:
(a) assuring that assigned duties are appropriate to the CRLPN scope of practice;
(b) ensuring safe, accessible, and appropriate supervision based on client health status, care setting, course objectives, and student level of preparation;
(c) the lecture, clinical, and laboratory portions of a course, including actively teaching in the course for which the clinical experience is assigned; and
(d) performing the summative clinical evaluation based on individual course objectives and student clinical performance.
History: 37-8-202, 37-8-301, MCA; IMP, 37-8-202, 37-8-301, 37-8-302, MCA; NEW, 2019 MAR p. 2370, Eff. 12/28/19.