I have a question for LPNs out there. I work at a facility that is constantly short staffed. The other night we had more nurses that we needed, so I went home. I got called and asked to come back in as a CNA. Unlike a lot of us in the profession I have never been a CNA. I went straight to nursing school
cause I had no desire to become a CNA. I refused to come back in for this assignment. I didnt do it because I feel I am better than a CNA, or simply because I didnt want to do that work. I feel that if I take the shift and don't say anything or protest that they'll simply keep doing it rather than fixing the problem with staffing.
What is your take on this?
Quote from Floor_Nurse
You have a license to protect! It's almost illegal for a lpn to do certain things that a CNA has been trained to do. For example; suppose that Mrs. Smith needs to be transfered from the wheelchair into bed. She falls on the floor. Later you learn that she's a two person assist and you didn't follow proper procedure.
Then you're asked to help feed Mrs. Jones but you didn't realize that she is to have thickened liquids.
A CNA is responsible for the tasks he or she has been trained in...and it may be outside the scope of your practice as a LPN.
Is this a joke!? CNA duties are NOT outside the scope of practice of a LPN, they're ADL tasks delegated to CNAs by nurses to help lighten a nurses' workload so he/she can focus on providing clinical nursing care. Things like bathing, feeding and toileting are not above a nurse's knowledge, skills, and/or judgement; and not illegal for a nurse to perform. To even suggest such a thing is completely unintelligible and absurd. The considerations you mentioned as an example are all things that a nurse would already know because it's in the care plan because considerations like these extremely basic examples you mentioned impact all of a patient's care from medication administration (ex PO, crushed or vs other route like IM/IV/SC), to wound care, for example. Even the most green nurse knows those things. Nursing students learn this in their first semester. But if you were actually a nurse you'd know that. Are you even a nurse? I smell an imposter.
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