I'm trying to decide accelerated BSN vs. RT school.
Every time I say, you know, nurses seem to get stuck in the middle, fielding requests for snacks for visitors, cleaning the floor if housekeeping can't make it up, running their tails off with too many patients, all the while also trying to do everthing they need to do for the pt and use all of the skills they learned in school,.. my husband always tosses these lovely comments out:
"The RNs tell the LPNs what to do and the LPNs delegate to the techs and aides and the RNs mostly chart and boss everyone around. They do only the most advanced pt care. If an aide can do it, then the aide does it." (this is usually in response to my - I don't want to be doing catheters, dressing changes, and being 6 inches from various parts of the patients' bodies all day long). I think we are both way off on what an RN does on a shift except on opposite ends.
"Nurses make like $50/hr" - not around here, thats for sure. Not sure WHERE he got that number
OK, I think he is off in left field a little bit. :uhoh21:
He did some rotations in a couple of hospitals as a paramedic intern and seemed to get placed in many different units, so I don't doubt he has witnessed how some units run and the different jobs people do.
Can anyone tell me what an RN does do typically? I know nurse techs can do a lot, more than what I learned in my quarter plus one week of LPN school 7 years ago, but I guess I really don't know how the division of labor works, and how often it breaks down due to understaffing.
I was talking to my aunt the other day, (my gma is in the ICU) and she told me they are tube feeding her and said she forgot the term for it. I said, I think its TPN, and went on to describe how in my LPN clinicals we learned how to check the g tubes and stop and start the feedings on our pts in LTC. She said, you know, when you talk like that, I just think you should go back to school and finish getting your RN (I have a BS in general studies but was originally a BSN major). I can really see you doing that. I just don't know what I would be doing. its all a little daunting to think about it.
A little help?