RN Reporting To A Nurses' Aide? - page 2

by All4NursingRN 1,747 Views | 11 Comments

To make a complicated story simple. I do not believe a nurse's aide should be working over a RN in any capacity? Am I right or am I being over zealous about this. Some background: I currently work at a large research... Read More


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    I work with amazing UAPs.

    Is it mandatory for me to report to them? NO. But do I do it? YES. They are another sets of eyes to look over my patient. If I need a sample, I need them to be aware of that as well. If the patient has some infectious disease, I need people who are going to be handling them personally to be protected.

    Each facilities have their sets of policies and procedures. Advance nursing skills, such as PICC line insertions are taught to RNs, making it okay for them to insert PICC lines in a specific facility. There are direct care staff loopholes that most states have, allowing CNAs to draw blood, pass meds, etc. as long as they receive proper training and was signed off by the education department. These procedures are submitted to the Health department for approval and if approved, anyone who had the training, can perform duties otherwise reserved for the nurse.

    I do get your sentiments but at the end of the day, if you are doing your job well, whether its a CNA or joint commission looking behind you, the result's the same.
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    Not "report to them" meaning, "give them report, tell them what's going on." The OP means, "report to them," as in, "they supervise me and direct my practice."
    Oh, no. No matter how skilled a CNA is at some tasks like blood draws, a CNA does not have the experience, training, or licensure to supervise an RN.
    Last edit by Joe V on Feb 28, '13 : Reason: removed bold formatting
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