this is off base when it comes to LPN's - page 2

I know I have my share of debates when it comes to scopes of practice but this article is really off base! I guess after reading this article I agree with some of the other posters who have called... Read More

  1. by   nurse_wannabe
    Quote from lpn1313
    So, if this person is correct, I can collect data but not draw conclusions about it.
    I think he is even skeptical about the LPNs ability to collect data!
  2. by   Gator,SN
    Too often LPNs struggle in the middle between RNs, aides, and physicians. With enough training to do more than basic care, but insufficient education to assess and synthesize, LPNs are often used as RN surrogates. They are frequently asked to gather data without an appreciation for the clinical context in which it must be placed.
    Funny, just about every transfer that I get in CCU from a LTC facility comes with paperwork that is filled out by an LPN who caught the problem and reported it.

    LPNs receive almost no training on administrative and managerial topics specific to long-term care. Quality improvement, ethical and legal issues, time management, family dynamics, and supervision of aides are rarely taught to LPNs. Yet we expect people barely out of high school to possess or somehow rapidly gain these skills when they enter long-term care
    ...and yet they manage to accomplish all this and then some. Every single day for every single patient.

    My best friend was an LPN for 20+ years and she did admission assessments and started IV's and had her own patient assignments for decades. Things have changed and I realize that, but instead of making all LPN's sound like brainless twits, I applaud them and all that they do.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If someone is going to form an expert opinion on a group of nurses, then perhaps he should go through the same schooling and become one. Obviously, he didn't learn much by his selective "research".

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