Effective Date: 
Sun, 09/01/1996
Sun, 08/28/2011
Fri, 03/02/2018

Under standing orders from the Student Health Center Medical Director, eligible Licensed Vocational Nurses who have demonstrated competence at the Student Health Center may perform the following tasks:  give CDC recommended Adult and Adolescent vaccinations, perform hearing tests, perform ear lavage, remove sutures, care for wounds and throat swab for strep culture or gonorrhea.

This policy is in compliance with Section 2860.7 of the California Business and Professions Code.


Experience, Training and/or Education

This policy is limited to those LVNs who have met the following criteria:

Current LVN licensure

Completion of UCSC orientation specific to vaccination administration, including, for vaccinations and PPDs, direct observation by an RN of at least 10 of these procedures prior to approval for performing this procedure under standing order.  

As part of this observation period the LVN must satisfactorily demonstrate competence in the administration of Immunizations (and their diluents), including knowledge of all indications and contraindications for the administration of such agents, and in the recognition and treatment of any emergency reactions to such agents which constitute a danger to the health or life of the person receiving the immunization. 

Completion of the standard orientation for LVNs which will include orientation to hearing tests, ear lavage, suture removal and wound care.  An orienting LVN should be observed at least twice for each of these procedures to be considered competent and more direct supervision may be required at the discretion of the nursing supervisor. 


Scope of Supervision

RN and physician available on-site at all times for immediate consultation and supervision.  No direct supervision required.


Criteria for Consultation and Referral

Any questions or concern about the appropriateness of the vaccination or the procedure should be clarified with a provider in advance.

Any contraindication or precaution for vaccine administration or for performing the procedure.

Questions or concerns about a patient’s medical condition or medication plan.

Any indication of adverse reaction to vaccine or procedure including and not limited to rash, swelling, altered respirations or agitation.



1.  Identify adults in need of CDC recommended vaccination.

2.  Screen all patients for contraindications and precautions to the specific vaccine.

3.  Provide all patients with a copy of the most current federal Vaccine Information Statement (VIS). Allow them time to review the document.

4.  Provide all patients with a vaccine consent form to read and sign.  The signed copy is routed to the Medical Records department for scanning into the student’s  medical record

5. Administer vaccine per manufacturer guidelines. 

6. Document each patient’s vaccine administration information and follow up in

the following places:

a. Medical chart: Record the following information:

Name  of vaccine given

Date the vaccine was administered

Vaccine manufacturer

Dosage administered

Specific Vaccine Lot number and expiration date

Vaccination site and route

Name and title of the person administering the vaccine

Date of VIS given.

If vaccine was not given, record the reason(s) for non-receipt of the vaccine (e.g., medical contraindication, patient refusal).

b. Personal immunization record card: Record the date of vaccination and the name/location of the administering clinic.

c.  Student Health Center Vaccination Log: Complete each section of the vaccination log for every vaccine given.

7. Observe the patient for 15 minutes following vaccine administration.  Note any adverse reactions including local or generalized swelling, difficulty breathing, or agitation. 

8. Report any adverse reactions to the charge nurse and initiate emergency response per policy as necessary.

9. Report all adverse reactions to vaccines to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at or (800) 822-7967. VAERS report forms are available at

Order titers and Quantiferon

The LVN may order blood titers for communicable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella to establish immunity status. 

The LVN may order the Quantiferon Gold Lab test to establish presence or absence of latent TB in an asymptomatic patient.


Ear Lavage

The LVN may perform ear lavage.  The RN or a clinician should evaluate the ears prior to and after lavage.



The LVN may place and read a PPD.  All positive PPDs are to be confirmed by an RN.


Suture Removal

The LVN may remove sutures. 


Wound Care

The LVN may clean and bandage wounds using a cleaning solution and applying ointments at the direction of the RN or clinician. 

Throat Swab

The LVN may perform a throat swab for strep culture or gonorrhea at the direction of the RN or clinician.



LVN documents according to the standards delineated in the UCSC Student Health Center Policy on Documentation of Care.

LVN documents all vaccines administered in the Vaccine Log as well as the Student’s Health Record.

Medical Director’s signature:

Electronically signed by Dr. Drew Malloy; original signed hard copies on file in the Assistant to the Executive Directors office.  8/28/11