Quote from jjjoy
Please give an example.
If I'm on a plane and someone stops breathing, if I don't perform rescue breathing/cpr (and no one else can or does), am I liable for neglect because I do have the training? Good question. If I do, then fine. If a CNA with an RN sees that a patient has stopped breathing, they need to tell the nurse. If the nurse can't be found and no one is running to help, perhaps the person with the RN should then jump in until help arrives. I don't know the legal ramifications.
What if I were just visiting an inpatient and saw the roommate wasn't breathing and couldn't find any staff to take care of it? Would it be neglect if I didn't perform rescue breathing/cpr because of my RN licensure?
Not sure about these scenarios, I, and others, are just saying that if you are in the LPN position you are still accountable to the standards of your RN license. Therefore, if something happens to a patient under your care that an RN would have the knowledge to deal with, you are obligated to act as an RN eventhough you are in an LPN position. So you can't expect the position of LPN to protect your RN license.
As someone mentioned above the facilty wins, as they are getting an RN for the pay and benefits of a LPN.
After thinking a while, and I could be way off here, but in the scenarios that you describe above, you, as a member of the general public, have no legal obligation to help someone in a crisis. Ethical obligation can be debated. Also, IIRC, if you do intervene in a crisis in public, and it is found out that you have a certain levle of training, then you can be held accountable for your actions. This is why I same at home and monitor these forums.