Different levels of nursing? - page 3

by DBall

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What are you different levels of nursing? I know of a CNA, LVN (I live in CA) LVN, ASN and a BSN. Are the CNA and LVN nurses the ones who do all the grunt work like the dressing of wounds, or. Catheters? Do the bachelor degree or... Read More


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    Good thing there are forums like this that people like you can snap me back into reality! You all have my respect in what you do.

    If nursing isn't meant to be, what other healthcare positions do you think are wise with decent pay? I want nothing to do with medical school.
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    How bout tech positions? Lab/XRay techs pay decent. Dental Hygienists also make good salary, but I heard there's a glut of DH grads like nursing grads.

    Or maybe you don't have to be IN healthcare to work FOR healthcare...I have friends who work as accountants/office jobs/auditing with healthcare authorities.
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    Quote from DBall
    Good thing there are forums like this that people like you can snap me back into reality! You all have my respect in what you do.

    If nursing isn't meant to be, what other healthcare positions do you think are wise with decent pay? I want nothing to do with medical school.
    Medical assistants really don't do anything having to do with personal care, though they do lots of immunizations and other injections, help with pelvic exams, and learn phlebotomy. It's pretty "dry," if you know what I mean. The pay seems to be pretty good.
    Anything like a CNA is going to be all personal care, all the time.
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    Quote from pgnurse79
    Regarding LPNs. They are nurses with a few exceptions. They cannot hang IVs on central lines. No blood transfusions either. An RN must cover for an LPN. Also, during shift change, an LPN cannot follow an LPN.

    A RN has at least one more year of schooling, an associates (2yr degree). An LPN does not have a 2 year degree. I believe its a certificate program "(I could be wrong about this.) BUT an LPN must pass NCLEX just like an RN in order to obtain a nursing license.

    (I'm an RN working in Chicago who works with LPN in an acute long term care facility.)
    Hmm, won't go near a lot of what you've posted but that's because we live and work in different places.

    We can and o hand on central lines. No RN "covers" for me, I work under my own practice permit and malpractice insuranace. LPNs can and do follow LPNs and/or RNs.

    RNs require a 4 year degree, and LPN attends college for 2+years and graduates with a diploma.

    The US is different but from what I've read here, there are differences from state to state. We don't know where the OP lives and plans to work.
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    I didn't "want" to deal with body fluids when I became a CNA, but I just didn't think about it and did it. If you aren't at a point in your life where you feel like you can handle dealing with things you don't want to, pick a field other than nursing. There are many more things that will come up that you don't "want" to do such as working short staffed, discharging four patients and getting four new patients in the same shift, responding to a code during lunch break, not peeing for 12 hours, etc. You need to be able to put the patient first.
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    Thanks for all the input. Next semester I am taking more science classes and will see how I manage them to see if the health field is a manageable field for me.
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    Another question. Do they have programs where I can follow nurses around and see what they do? I know all this HIPAA privacy could prevent that?
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    There are programs where you could do that, you'd just be bound by HIPAA laws to protect patient confidentiality. You wouldn't be able to do anything and if a patient requested not to have a student in the room for something, you'd have to leave, but there are definitely opportunities to do that if you go looking. I had high school students shadow me when I was a hospital nurse. Call a hospital in your area and ask.


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