Do LPNs/LVNs have to give up their license to work in dialysis?

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    I was told by the head nurse at a Phoenix dialysis center, that in order for a LPN to work there, she must give up, or relinquish her nsg license. Then she could work in dialysis as a patient care tech. Is anyone familiar with this situation? Do you know what the duties and pay for a pt care tech may be? Thank you
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    Most places you do not have to "give up" your license to work as a tech. I would try other facilities. I assume if you work as a tech for over 1 yr your LPN license would become inactive unless you take a part time job as LPN in addition to dialysis tech. Techs usually do water room opening and closing duties, preparing machines, preparing patients for treatment, start pt tx's, monitor pt BP Q 30 min, return pt blood post tx vs. ++++ many more duties.
    Let's help out likes this.
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    Your nursing license never becomes inactive unless you request it to be made so or your BON/governing body suspends or rescinds it. So long as a nurse pays their licensure fees & completes whatever CEU requirements are outlined by their states BON you can work in any other field or non nursing position and your license is still active.

    To the OP I suspect they are telling you that you have to "give" up your license to work in the center because they don't want to pay you LPN/LVN wages.
    Last edit by txredheadnurse on Aug 16, '11
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    yep, pp, that's prob it. I take pts every single day, but I also give their meds. I am paid as an LVN.
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    Quote from txredheadnurse
    Your nursing license never becomes inactive unless you request it to be made so or your BON/governing body suspends or rescinds it. So long as a nurse pays their licensure fees & completes whatever CEU requirements are outlined by their states BON you can work in any other field or non nursing position and your license is still active.

    To the OP I suspect they are telling you that you have to "give" up your license to work in the center because they don't want to pay you LPN/LVN wages.
    That depends on what state you work in. Here I have work a specific minimum number of hours in a position as an RN as well as complete the necessary CEU's to have my license remain active. If I don't have the required number of work hours, the CEU requirement jumps dramatically. My license has been randomly audited twice now and both time my employer had to send a job description specifying the level of license required for my position and verification of the number of hours I had worked, to the state. Since these are the requirements for an RN, I am assuming they are the same for an LPN. Money and CEU's aren't enough here.
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    Quote from klm49
    That depends on what state you work in. Here I have work a specific minimum number of hours in a position as an RN as well as complete the necessary CEU's to have my license remain active. If I don't have the required number of work hours, the CEU requirement jumps dramatically. My license has been randomly audited twice now and both time my employer had to send a job description specifying the level of license required for my position and verification of the number of hours I had worked, to the state. Since these are the requirements for an RN, I am assuming they are the same for an LPN. Money and CEU's aren't enough here.
    I'm not trying to provoke an arguement here but your post does state that if the work hours requirement isn't met then you can indeed still keep your license active with just CEUs (even if the amount required increases) and payment of fees. Speaking for myself here I have been licensed in 5 states in my career. None of them required minimum amount of work hours as a LVN/LPN in order to keep an active license. YMMV.
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    That has nothing to do with relinquishing your license. No employer can tell you 'give up your license'.
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    In IL, I work with an LPN who does the job of a tech but gets paid as an LPN.

    Also, she did NOT have to pass the tech certification test.
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    The old "you are held to the highest lic. you have" prob. you won't be oriented as a nurse, but holding the lic., you will be expectec to act as one. Not by your employer, but under the law.


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