Difference between CNA & LPN

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    Hi I am new to the boards and and considering applying to a private LPN school. In my research I was trying to find exactly what LPN's did and I was wondering if LPN's change diapers or if that was more a CNA thing. I heard that is CNA duties but then I read that it is more a LPN jobs.

    Could someone tell me more about LPN duties?
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    Some of the main things that an LPN would do may slightly differ if they were working in LTC versus a hospital. I'm an LPN and I currently work for a nursing home, and my day basically goes like this: pass my morning meds, do some charting, take off any orders that the Dr. may have written, do any dressing changes that are due, draw blood, do all my body assessments that I have due for that shift, breathing treatments, change colostomy appliances, PEG tubes, blood sugars and ect.

    In b/t all that, I will help answer call lights, assist in the dining room with the residents that can't feed themselves, and take residents to the toilet. I guess i wouldnt say that i "change diapers", but yes, I still do help people to the restroom if their call light is on. I figure, "why hunt for the CNA, when i can just get them on the potty, and be done with it." Now granted, I can't help all the time, b/c Lord knows I have so much of my own stuff to do, but i dont mind helping out my CNA's, b/c they also help me out when i have a favor. I am enjoying being an LPN, but am working on my RN currently, b/c a hospital really doesn't pay LPN's that much, but nursing homes pay pretty good, and I like the fact that I will have my same patients everytime I come in, so I can really get to know them.
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    The other post pretty well covered it I think. I've seen RN, BSN's "change diapers". No, it's not the main part of an LPN's job but we really must all work together.
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    Quote from FarFrom
    Hi I am new to the boards and and considering applying to a private LPN school. In my research I was trying to find exactly what LPN's did and I was wondering if LPN's change diapers or if that was more a CNA thing. I heard that is CNA duties but then I read that it is more a LPN jobs.

    Could someone tell me more about LPN duties?
    Here are some differences between CNAs and LPNs.....

    1. My CNAs earn $9 hourly. I earn more than double their hourly wage ($18.50 per hour, to be more precise).
    2. I don't change diapers, feed patients, transfer patients, give baths, or perform what are commonly known as "CNA duties".
    3. I administer medications and treatments, report changes in condition, dress wounds, verify orders, perform CPR during codes, operate wound vacuums, flush PICC lines, keep G-tubes patent, chart, do assessments, and a whole host of other duties.
    4. I posess a state-issued nursing license and am responsible for maintaining it. CNAs are not licensed.

    The CNAs are very important to the healthcare team, but I am not one. Please click on the links below to learn the objective differences.

    LPN duties and job outlook
    CNA duties and outlook
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    Well, at my job, we are not really doing ADL care for the patients as LPNs, however, if called upon, we would have to. Passing medications is top priority for us, because medications have to be administered in a timely fashion (not saying that it usually goes that way) in order to keep therapeutic values consistant. I would help to lift patients if necessary, but to be honest, we get yelled at by the head nurse if meds are not passed out on time the same way the CNA would be disciplined for not doing their job. Like TheCommuter stated, we aren't nursing assistants, therefore, you may not see where we all perform their functions. And, it is not personal...the job is just different.
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    "changing diapers: is a healthcare providers job. That includes we RNs as well.
    LVN responsabilities vary from state to state and even from facility to facility. The hospital in which I work does not even employ LVNs. My sugestion is to check with your states Board of Nurse Examiners and see what the scope of practice is for an LVN in the state in which you choose to practice.
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    hello everyone.
    i recently signed up this forum in hopes to find a better understanding in the nursing field. i am currently applying for government funds to apply to an lvn school and part of the process is to interview 3 people who have experience in nursing. i need to interview someone who has completed the lvn program and worked somewhere for some time now. answer maybe 10 questions by email or over the phone. thanks
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    hello everyone.
    i recently signed up this forum in hopes to find a better understanding in the nursing field. i am currently applying for government funds to apply to an lvn school and part of the process is to interview 3 people who have experience in nursing. i need to interview someone who has completed the lvn program and worked somewhere for some time now. answer maybe 10 questions by email or over the phone. thanks
    Hello,

    Welcome to allnurses! I am one of the moderators of the LPN/LVN forum. While we would certainly be happy to answer questions, share insights, etc, I suggest that you initiate a new thread and post the questions here. We strongly advise that personal email addresses or any identifying information (such as phone numbers, addresses, places of work, etc...) are not shared in order to promote internet safety. Those that do decide to provide more information do it at their own risk.

    We have had many individuals who post interviewing questions and have received responses and since this is an interactive site, sometimes, it leads to further discussion in other aspects.

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