I am an LVN/LPN in Texas, which has a wide scope of practice. I am not allowed to pronounce death in this state, but I have been able to virtually do everything else.
On the nursing home rehab unit where I worked for 2 years, we dealt with a lot of central lines, IV antibiotics, CPM machines, feeding tubes, suture removal, surgical staple removal, complicated wound care, narcotics, ostomy appliances, diabetic management, casts, braces, splints, cervical halos, and so forth.
The medical patients were admitted for recovery from CVAs, acute MIs, debility, cancer, fractures, status post pneumonia, deconditioned states, failure to thrive, status post falls, and generalized weakness. The surgical patients were admitted for surgical procedures such as laminectomies, knee and hip arthroplasties, kyphoplasties, CABGs, hysterectomies, limb amputations, colectomies, thromboembolectomies, and abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs.
I typically had 15 to 17 of these patients during day shift and 30+ during the night shift. Let's talk about stress...