Im planning on going to school to become an LPN but Im just curious on what they exactly do. I want to work in the maternity ward. Can lpn's do that?
Sep 11, '07
by kat7ap, LPN
I'm an LPN in a Mother Baby Unit at a hospital that readily employs LPN's. We work side by side the RN's with a couple limitations in our scope of practice.
I usually have 3-4 mother baby couplets, vaginal and c-section patients. I'm responsible for complete assessments of both mom and baby, Mom's IV's and meds, providing breast feeding help and support, providing interventions for anything out of normal range, TONS of patient teaching, discharging, and running around getting my patients what they need. We have 2 techs on our floor for about 28 rooms, so we usually are doing total care.
However I cannot do intial assessments, push IV narcotics, hang blood, or take really acute patients like those who had post partum hemorrhage or are on magnesium sulfate.
It's very busy, but usually a very rewarding job. 95% of the time it is a joyful experience for my patients and family, so it's nice to be involved in that.
Last edit by kat7ap on Sep 11, '07
: Reason: typo