Practice Information

Blood Component Administration by LPNs

Chief Nurse Officer Letter (PDF PDF 297) | Course Outline for Training LPNs in Blood Component Administration (PDF PDF 297) | Blood Component Administration by LPNs (PDF PDF 297)

To: Hospital Chief Nurse Officers

From: Jeanne V. Linden, MD, MPH, Director, Blood and Tissue Resources, Department of Health and
Barbara Zittel, RN, PhD, Executive Secretary, New York State Board for Nursing

Date: September 24, 2007

Subject: Blood Component Administration by LPNs

Dear Hospital Chief Nurse Officer:

In early 2000 regulatory changes were made to the blood bank regulations permitting specially trained licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to administer blood. Recently the Department of Health and the State Education Department have collaborated to revise the requisite course outline and provide clarification on the role of the LPN in administering blood components. The Administration of Blood Components by LPNs and the Course Outline for Training Licensed Practical Nurses in the Administration of Blood Components are posted on this site.

Hospitals must document the curriculum that is used in training LPNs and must document completion of training and determination of competency of individual participants. Specific curricula need not be submitted for review.

Questions on the scope of practice for licensed practical nurses or registered professional nurses may be directed to the Office of the New York State Board for Nursing by phone, (518) 474- 3817-1-120; e-mail, nursebd@nysed.gov; or mail, The State Education Department, Office of Professions, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234. Questions related to blood transfusion requirements may be directed to the Blood and Tissue Resources Program by contacting Cynthia Garabedian, MT(ASCP) at (518) 485-5341 or btraxess@health.state.ny.us. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Last Updated: January 31, 2013