the bottlenecks of nursing - page 3

This is my rant. You may or may not agree with it, but I felt the need to express it among people who might understand where I am coming from. I graduated from nursing school in August. I had... Read More

  1. by   jjjoy
    I don't know the details but I do know that it's been done - working as an NA after obtaining a nursing license. Of course, your name tag wouldn't read RN anywhere on it because that's not role being filled. You wouldn't be performing any tasks limited to licensed personnel no matter how competent you were to perform them.

    Maybe it varies from state to state or there are exceptions if you were already working in that capacity before obtaining the license (so you can continue in your NA capacity until an RN position opens up). Maybe some hospitals have a special category for a qualified new grad in an assistant role as a temporary position. I'd imagine there might be regulations to ensure that employers don't try to hire RNs as NAs to save money and to count them in their ratios.

    Anyone have experience with this and know the regulations on this?
    Last edit by jjjoy on Dec 15, '06
  2. by   mvanz9999
    Quote from jjjoy
    I don't know the details but I do know that it's been done - working as an NA after obtaining a nursing license. Of course, your name tag wouldn't read RN anywhere on it because that's not role being filled. You wouldn't be performing any tasks limited to licensed personnel no matter how competent you were to perform them.

    Maybe it varies from state to state or there are exceptions if you were already working in that capacity before obtaining the license (so you can continue in your NA capacity until an RN position opens up). Maybe some hospitals have a special category for a qualified new grad in an assistant role as a temporary position. I'd imagine there might be regulations to ensure that employers don't try to hire RNs as NAs to save money and to count them in their ratios.

    Anyone have experience with this and know the regulations on this?
    It varies by state. I'm in Illinois, and in Illinois, an RN can work as a CNA, but they do NOT have to be registered in the CNA database. (They do, of course, have to be a RN, in good standing :-) ).

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