I was an LPN on a 32 bed Pediatric unit in a Level 1 Trauma hospital for the last 21 years. I also floated to Peds ER and PICU to help out especially during emergencys. Even as an LPN i am very well respected and the people i work with know i know my stuff
Due to the hospital deciding they wanted to go back to 8 hr shifts, they have also decided they want an all RN staff. I can understand this, but am heartbroken that i have done all this time there...blood sweat and tears...working 2 nurses with a 8-12:1 ratio and sometimes being the "charge" nurse.
Anyway, what they have done to "keep me in the maternal/child health block" they have placed me in L&D as a CST. Today was my first day on "orientation". Its tough, alot of information to absorb in a short period of time. The CST who is training me went to community college school for 2 years to learn what they are trying to teach me as fast as possible. She also told me that in addiction to my CST duties, the RNs will have me doing triage in the prep room, vitals, PCA work, cleaning beds...etc.
My question is, how do i know where i am if i step out of my scope of care?? On Peds, i functioned basically as an RN...even preceptoring numerous RNs through the years. Its making me crazy
To be honest i just want to be back on my unit with my kids...we have many "regulars" who were heartbroken to know i wouldnt be there any longer. I am attending school to get my RN...hopefully in the next 12-18 months and hoping to get reinstated to Peds.
Thanks for any responses.