Quote from babycakes78
i see. but aren't the other people that they hire like cnas or medical assistants working under the rn's supervision also?
yes, these people are under the rn's supervision.
however, it comes down to dollars and cents. the bean-counters have decided that it is more cost effective to hire aides and techs to do the basic nursing tasks such as inserting foley catheters, taking vital signs, drawing blood (venipuncture), and obtaining fingersticks for blood sugars, in addition to baths, showers, toileting, feedings, etc. a tech or aide at a hospital can do these things for significantly less pay than an lpn/lvn.
some hospitals have decided to save money by hiring rns and aides only.