The Nurse Practices Act defines Unlicensed Assistive Person in 43-12.1-02(9) DEFINITIONS.
“Unlicensed Assistive Person” means a person who is authorized by the board to perform nursing tasks delegated and supervised by a licensed nurse.
Unlicensed Assistive Person does not include a person whom:
- Is a licensed health care professional.
- Volunteers to provide Unlicensed Assistive Person services without monetary compensation.
Volunteers utilized within nursing facilities must meet the following requirements:
- Has the knowledge, skills and abilities for the intervention.
- A written policy and procedure is maintained by the facility.
- Documentation of orientation, training, competency requirements and method of supervision is on file with the employer.
- Has qualified back up available.
Volunteerism is to be encouraged whenever possible. The North Dakota Board of Nursing has a primary responsibility for protection of the public. The fact that a volunteer is performing an nursing intervention does not negate the nurse’s practice responsibility.