Can a licensed nurse still work as a nursing assistant in New Jersey? - page 2

by Stefanie2011

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I just passed the NCLEX and when I spoke to my nursing manager she said that in the past the hospital did not allow nursing assistant's to continue working once they were licensed but that they changed the policy because they... Read More


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    Quote from Mukfay
    I can't for the life of me understand why they would have such a rule. If you're smart enough to get through nursing school, then you'd be smart enough to know not to overstep your duties as a CNA. Many nurses support the CNA's when things get hectic.
    It's not a question of supporting CNA's. It's a question of CNA's being able to practice as MDs, or me Practicing as an RN, or bleeding heart RNs saying I'll do the CNA work and it's also the question of money. Why should the hospitals pay RNs salary if they have a goofy nurse that cares for patients so much that she would give up the money and education for which she went to school to really care for her patients, I have worked with a lot of them. You go to school 3,5,8 years just to be a servant of the sick? That went out with walking two steps behind the doctor. You have the education. You should use it. I'm not saying don't help the CNAs out, but don't do it all of the time. Next it would be " Well, since you do the work of an CNA, then we will pay you as a CNA . As a male nurse I have had supervisors that want to pay me as an orderly because I was lifting patients in bed for the female nurses. That's when I put the Dept. of Labor and BON on speed dial on my cell phone. Call me uncompassionate . Call me a mercenary. but I want to be paid for my education, such as it is. I am not a strong back, I am a Nurse. I like to help but don't ware it out.
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    I called the board of nursing since I have the same issue. They said an RN licensed person can't work as a CNA because of liability issues.

    BON said to look online for the regulations but I can't find anything written. If anyone can help me with finding written information on this it would really help me. I applied for unemployment since it's so hard to find a job as a new grad and they won't accept my claim because they say I voluntarily resigned although I explained the situation.

    Thanks!!!
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    Moved to NJ Nursing for more response from NJ nurses.
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    I do not believe so. I have worked as a tech for the past 5 years and have seen many other techs leave because they got their license. Once they got that they are no longer allowed to work as a tech weather they had an rn position lined up or not.
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    Quote from martinez2010
    I called the board of nursing since I have the same issue. They said an RN licensed person can't work as a CNA because of liability issues.

    BON said to look online for the regulations but I can't find anything written. If anyone can help me with finding written information on this it would really help me. I applied for unemployment since it's so hard to find a job as a new grad and they won't accept my claim because they say I voluntarily resigned although I explained the situation.

    Thanks!!!
    I believe it is because once you are licensed, your scope of practice is greater than a CNA. Say you are an RN working as a CNA and you have an emergency (your patient codes, has an MI, etc). As CNA it is in your scope to alert the nurse, you can't administer any meds or take any matters into your own hands. As the nurse, you have to initiate CPR, give nitro or aspirin, etc. It becomes a conflict because you are licensed to act but your job title limits what you can do. So if the person dies, the family can say "well you are a NURSE why didn't you do anything??" ...because you are working as a CNA, NOT the nurse.


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