Quote from allantiques4me
Im an LPN and I take pride in my strong assessment skills!I dont know why youd think LPNs do not assess.Its part of the nursing process.As for LPNs not passing medications,we needed to pass the NAPNES/OOPNES to be allowed to pass medications.And a separate IV course to work with the IVs.
Learning about medications and their administration is fundamental in LPN programs.
I spent much of my LPN program taking pharmacology, lab check-offs for IM/SC meds, and countless clinical hours administering meds under the watchful eye of my instructors.
So I don't get all of the fuss here over LPN's giving meds. They are trained to do so in their programs.
I can understand the additional IV training as this may vary and/or be lacking in some LPN programs, but anyone with an LPN license should already be competent in administering all other meds by all other routes without any additional standardized exam.
When I was an LPN, I once worked in a hospital on the east coast where only the RN's passed the meds.
I thought this must be customary to the area and/or facility until one day the charge nurse said "I didn't know that you could pass meds, so go ahead and give your own meds now."
What LPN doesn't pass meds??
Apparantly many at this hospital, but I thought it was the strangest thing ever.
If LPN's in some states aren't taught about meds in school, what exactly are they being trained to do during their programs?
Insert foleys, change dressings, and give enemas?