I would apprecite opinions on this from other NP's, not sure if it is something worth drawing a line in the sand about, but let's just say, it irks me.
Basically the question is: When you are hired as an NP, should you have to do more menial LPN, MA tasks, just because you can? This seems wrong and I have not experienced it at other jobs.
I am an FNP and work with several LPN's. the LPN's do pt hx and vitals, and get basic testing such as PPD and Urine tests. Once this is done, I see the patient and so a physical and write a note (paper charting). the Nurses have other duties as well, but there are not clear job duties listed (a big part of the problem)
The previous NP, who I knew from a previous job, told me that it was not part of my job to do the Hx and vitals and PPD's and that I should not do it, becasue when she had offerred to help out, she was then expected to always do it.
I saw with my own eyes that the nurses were purposefully not getting the History and vitals,
and I cant say what they were doing, but when I was training, the clinic was way behind for this reason.
Today, the employer, who is off site, told me that he met with the new clinic manager (an RN) and said that I would be expected to do RN duties as well since I am an RN, and mentioned HX and vitals. I didnt say anything but I wanted to say that that was ridiculous.
Am I right?
(To be clear: I have no problem with helping out when needed, but to hire me as an NP, and then tell me I have to work as an LPN or MA seems screwed up. )
I will be meeting with the Clinic manager and employer on Monday, it may not be a big deal, just wanted another take.