I am an LPN and I am the first assist. We do not circulate per our hospital policy however, in the state of Tennesse, we are allowed (if hospital policy permits) with the stipulation that an RN would be available in the next room.
I'm an LPN and I scrub and circulate. My hospital trains LPNs to do both. I am often a "0.5" person meaning I help set up cases and give breaks to both the scrub and circulator in one or two OR's. We have a few LPN/First Assistants as well but there aren't any new ones being trained.
I know most hospitals don't use LPNs anywhere anymore so I'm really blessed.
To the LPN first assist's.....are either of you certified as a first assist?? I'm a LPN and a scrub. I took the Tech in Surgery Certification through the National Center of Competency Testing. I know I've worked with a LPN First Assist before, but she is older, and I'm not sure how she did it. I'm in Ohio and would really like to figure something out. Thanks!
wherever I worked in the OR... there was no role... you had to be an RN,, now there was a couple people i remember who were LPNs, but they were employed as scrubs, the fact that they were LPNs meant noting regarding their practice.