I vaguely know what the differences are, but technically what is the difference? I used to think that LPN's couldn't administer meds, but now that I work in a hospital...... our LPN's do adminster meds. Really, to the naked eye of a peon unit sec such as myself, I can't tell the difference...... Someone enlighten me.
Nov 1, '08
Also keep in mind too that in alot of places people still do things they aren't supposed to do. Yesterday one of my LPN class mates refused doing IV push because it is not in her scope of practice here (in IL she is watching her license) but had it been another LPN maybe she/he would have done it. People don't always follow the laws and the only way they get caught is if something bad happens and it is brought into the open in which case the hospital or whatever is going to get rid of the lowest man on the totem pole to protect their own arsses. Know your states nurse practice act and cover your own butt. Another thing too is we are taught in the BSN Health Assessment class ( and this is a class full of LPNs, RN-ADNs, and Undergrad nursing students) that LPNs cannot do assessment, they do observations which is why the RN does the initial assessment and LPN monitors for changes etc.
Last edit by RossayRN on Nov 1, '08