Hello from California!

  1. I am an operating room nurse in Northern California. Our OR Director(who is an RN) is possibly going to be fired and the administrators are going to replace her with a non-licensed employee. Can an unlicensed employee be in charge of a clinical Department? Are there any laws that I can refer to to clarify this?

    Thanks

    JoAnn
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   EricJRN
    Welcome to the site! I moved your post so that you can receive feedback from nurses from CA.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    I cannot answer your question due to my lack of knowledge on the issue.

    However, I'm a native Californian who simply wanted to warmly welcome you!
  5. by   shodobe
    Do a search on this subject. I know not to long ago there was a thread related to this. I think, might be mistaken, that the consensus was, YES, a non-licensed person can actually be a Director of a clinical department. I know I would only work for someone that has walked in my shoes for as long as I have. I know there are many well qualified individuals that could run an OR from a management aspect without really knowing the clinical side of it.

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