I am at a loss for words. I cannot imagine using UAP's in such a dangerous manner. Over load of fluids, incorrect data on a strict I & O client, JP maintinance... all too important not to be done by a trained professional. Since they are a nursing student, I can see them working in a CNA type position, but in an LPN type role, NO WAY. I bet JACHO would be very intrested in that information.
I am an LPN (x 8 yrs) and am in the bridge program, about to graduate in May '02 and still do not feel comfortable myself in doing fluid maintinace on certain patients (ascites, nephritis, CF, TBI's. ABI's. etc) without double/triple checking EVERYTHING I do. Holy cow -- Batman, you could kill somebody!
My biggest fear is the inexperienced may not feel the true weight of the seriousness of certain conditions and/or the warning signs for trouble. Hence kidney, liver, heart, etc. damage is done.
Frightening stuff!! I am glad you had enough gumption to call this practice to the attention of those in charge and had this dangerous behavior stopped
I, also, agree...it may look good to the patients having all these uniformed personal running around that all appear to be nurses -- but at what cost is the 'looking good' part going to end up in the end? And YES it is 'false advertising' so-to-speak!