The Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse
hold a current license to practice nursing as
an LP/VN in accordance with the law of the state
Shall know the scope of nursing practice authorized
by the Nursing Practice Act in the state wherein
Shall have a personal commitment to fulfill the legal
responsibilities inherent in good nursing practice.
take responsible actions in situations wherein
there is unprofessional conduct by a peer or other
5. Shall recognize and have a commitment to meet the
ethical and moral obligations of the practice of
6. Shall not accept or perform professional responsibil-
ities which the individual knows (s)he is not
competent to perform.
The Code for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses
The Code, adopted by NFLPN in
1961 and revised in 1979, provices a motivation for establishing, maintaining and elevating professional standards. Each
LP/VN, upon entering the profession, inherits the responsibility to adhere to the standards of ethical practice and conduct
as set forth in this Code.
1. Know the scope of maximum utilization of the LP/VN
as specified by the nursing practice
act and function
within this scope.
2. Safeguard the confidential information acquired from
about the patient.
3. Provide health care to all patients regardless of
race, creed, cultural background, disease,
4. Uphold the highest standards in personal appearance,
language, dress, and demeanor.
Stay informed about issues affecting the practice of
nursing and delivery of health care and, where
participate in government and policy
6. Accept the responsibility for safe nursing by
oneself mentally and physically fit and
educationally prepared to practice.
7. Accept responsibility for membership
in NFLPN and
participate in its efforts to maintain the establish-
ed standards of nursing practice and employment
policies which lead to quality patient care.
The Maryland Licensed Practical Nurses Association, Inc. is
a Consitituent of The National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, whose membership has always been for Licensed Practical
Nurses. Its membership, likewise, consists of Licensed Practical Nurses, Practical Nursing Students, and Affiliate Members
First and upper most is to improved patient care.
B. To work for the good of the Profession of Nursing.
C. To foster
high standards of Practical Nursing
Education, Services, and Practice so that the best
nursing care will be
available to every patient.
D. To encourage every Licensed Practical Nurse to take
part regularly in continuing
for the benefit of improved patient care and the
E. To secure recognition
for and the effective utiliz-
ation of Licensed Practical Nurses in every type
of health facility.
interpret the role and function of the Licensed
Practical Nurse for the public in order to win
and appreciation of Practical
Nursing's contribution to the Nation's Health Care
G. To represent
Practical Nursing through relationships
with Nursing Allied Health Organizations, Legislators,
Health Agencies, Institutions,
Educators, and other Professional groups that share
the common goal of improved
H. To serve as a central source of information on what
is new and changing in Practical Nursing Education,
Service, and practice on the local, State and