Can anyone tell me how lpn duties differ in these two states? I am able to do IV therapy, pass most meds. I thought I heard that lpns in Pa can't do IV therapy and are mostly employed in LTC...?
Mar 13, '07
What LPN's are allowed to do and not do varies by facility here in PA [as I'm sure it does in most states].
By law, we are allowed to administer (certain) IV therapies. We aren't allowed to administer blood/blood products, TPN, antineoplastic agents or titrated medications other than heparin flushes. However, I work at a veteran's center and their personal guidelines stipulate that all IV therapy can only be delivered by an RN.
A lot of LPN's do work in LTC but I think the main reason behind that is that (at least in my area) they pay an average of $2.00-$4.00/hr more than the hospitals do for LPN's.
Mar 14, '07
Thanks for the reply, itzkristen! I guess you're right, it will differ from community to community, and organization to organization. It does feel, though, as though LPN's jobs are getting fewer and fewer!!