LVN limitations in Texas

  1. hello all, new to the board.

    i read some of the threads and i guess i have it 'good' in texas with the freedom that lvns have. when i graduated nursing school (went through the military to get it) my 'equivalent' was a lvn degree civilian side. at the time i graduated i remember our boards rules we were less restricted then rns (this had to do with rn were listed with duties and no-gos and lvn could do 'under the supervision of a physician' and was not limited (this loophole has been closed)), the one exception was blood, could not give blood, could hang it, could set the settings on the iv pump, could not hit the start button and rn had to sign off on it. this has been changed (i now give blood on a regular basis).

    i am getting my mba and i did a presentation on nursing shortage, somebody stated that rns could do more then lvn (bedside wise or direct care wise), i have never know this to be true so am trying to find out. looked online, could not find any information on my boards page on this.

    so my question is this, is there a difference for lvn/adn/bsn for direct care nursing in texas?

    i can push narcs, i can hang blood, i work icu, i have worked er...

    the guy who questioned me stated that 'the er does not let lvns work', no, that particular hospital er does not take lvns, i don't know of any state law that states i can not work er. i am curious if anyone knows of any rn/lvn differences... sent off a ton of e-mail to hopefully people in the know but hoping maybe somebody here could answer my question.


    thanks in advance,
    ek
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Your best bet would be to ask this very same question on this site's Texas forum. Doing that will ensure that you receive a mixture of responses from different Texas LVNs and RNs.
  4. by   Ekinnamon
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Your best bet would be to ask this very same question on this site's Texas forum. Doing that will ensure that you receive a mixture of responses from different Texas LVNs and RNs.
    Thanks, didn't know they had this, first night here.

    EK
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Ekinnamon
    Thanks, didn't know they had this, first night here.

    EK
    Welcome!
  6. by   txspadequeenRN
    I am going to try and answer this ... I have seen LVN's work in ER especially the county hospitals. This also has something to do with policy of the particular hospital. Some hospitals dont employ LVN's at all. Now as far as duties of the LVN and RN. I know that LVNs are not allowed to spike blood. You can monitor the patient afterward but not start it. We also are limited on what IV meds, the one I know for sure is dilantin. I have never run into one I could not push but they do exsist. The other thing is pronounce death, an RN must be the one to say...yep he's gone.

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