Quote from RebeccaOne
Can you please tell me what the difference is between LPN and RN responsibilities in the hospital? In other words, what can't an LPN do that an RN can do? I'm in an RN program and have met some very impressive LPNs in the hospital and it seems no difference, but I don' t know legally what the difference is. Thanks!
The difference in RN and LPN is attitude. Both sets of Nurses have them, but one gets paid to talk to the interdiciplinary team about it, and the other gets paid to talk to the RN.
Another difference? the years it takes to get a BSN. For the wholistic/fully rounded nurse, educated in many aspects, not just nursing and its tasks.
Another difference? The LPN's who see fit to just do a med pass, and not assist in any other patient care measure. Forget about verbal orders, forget about assisting CNA's, forget about charting forget about monitoring for side effects of meds.
I have had the great fortune to know these things only by other nurses complaints. I have always worked with nurses who were going to school for their RN. The are actively interested, and need to be certified inside the building for different items, like IV's and Foley procedures, sterile procedures,
and assessments. Who? How? When? Why?
The facility I work in holds restraints on LPN's. One supervisor called the LPN's Medication People. HELLO?? Well ya know what? Most of the LPN's in my building became just that on that day. They stopped all the 'extras'.
Legally the difference is...a person who is suing will always sue from the highest licence to the lowest, in financially appropriate order. As an RN, you are overseeing the ongoings of the unit, or your ward, or your sector..
And any LPN's in it are ultimately your responsibility. Hopefully they want to know what they are doing. Who is above you? They are the ones that usually make more money, and have more say in care management.
When perceptions change, maybe LPN's will get the respect they deserve as an active, valued member of the heath care team. Until then, I hope I keep getting active interested students as part of my team.
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