LPN & Labor and Delivery

  1. If You are an LPN Can you help with the delivery?? Like perinal massage etc??
    •  
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   sbic56
    I worked in OB for years as an LPN and did everyting there was to do to assisting in labor and delivery. I delivered a couple of babies. I was regular staff. Period. I guess it depends where you are working. I was in a small rural hospital, working nights. I was experienced and able, so I got to do an awful lot mainly because I could!
  4. by   crankyasanoldma
    Not at my hospital- we're all RN, but I don't think that we are the norm.
  5. by   L&D_RN_OH
    Quote from crankyasanoldma
    Not at my hospital- we're all RN, but I don't think that we are the norm.
    That's the norm for this area. We don't even have LPN's in Mom/Baby.
  6. by   Brenda-RN,BSN, WA.
    Where I work we do not have LPN's working in L&D. Only RN's. I work on mother/baby, we have LPN's there, but they are not allowed to do the same stuff as an RN. Like, hanging blood, giving IV meds., lavaging babies, etc... I'm sure some smaller hospitals allow LPN's in L&D, you just have to check each hospital. Good Luck!!
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Brenda-RN,BSN, WA.
    Where I work we do not have LPN's working in L&D. Only RN's. I work on mother/baby, we have LPN's there, but they are not allowed to do the same stuff as an RN. Like, hanging blood, giving IV meds., lavaging babies, etc... I'm sure some smaller hospitals allow LPN's in L&D, you just have to check each hospital. Good Luck!!
    Nope, and I work in a small rural hospital. 3 ER beds. 15 acute beds. One labor and delivery room with a couple of beds in another room extra just in case.

    LVN's can't start the IV's unless they do an IV certification class. Still can't hang drugs, blood, do assessments, etc.

    steph
  8. by   BRANDY LPN
    Where I work we do everything the Rns do except consious sedation, but there are several things that I feel uncomfortable doing so I will refuse if I feel I do not have the appropriate training or education. But I do do labor more so than not and do things such as perineal massage. The things I am uncomfortable with are MgSo4 and hanging blood, I feel that if a pt is sick enought to require these interventions they really should have an experienced RN.
  9. by   nekhismom
    My unit is also all RN. THe unit I am going to is all RN.
  10. by   sbic56
    Quote from BRANDY LPN
    Where I work we do everything the Rns do except consious sedation, but there are several things that I feel uncomfortable doing so I will refuse if I feel I do not have the appropriate training or education. But I do do labor more so than not and do things such as perineal massage. The things I am uncomfortable with are MgSo4 and hanging blood, I feel that if a pt is sick enought to require these interventions they really should have an experienced RN.
    So some LPN's are still in OB, I see! You really should practice within of the scope of the LPN, as welll as your own comfort level, Brandy. I did everything I legally could when I was an LPN in OB, but Mag, Pitocin titration and, of course, hanging blood are under the scope of an RN. Alot of the rest falls into a greyer area, so have fun, but be safe!

close