First of all...what in the world is an UNLICENSED LPN...that is kinda funny. I think that was coming from a student who was already calling themselves a LPN, just not licensed yet...LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE, but leave off the license and you just have a tech who happens to be going to school.
I am an ER Tech and have been for over 21 years. I really have had no need to become a RN or even a LPN. I have gone to school but never finished because it was too much to go fulltime and work fulltime. I have been doing it so long that I actually earn a nice size check and in fact, more than some of our nurses here.
Now...I am not a Medic. I am just an ER TEch. My duties include but not limited to: Starting and DCing IVs. Inserting and DCing Foleys. Drawing labs either by straight sticking or while inserting IVs. EKGs and EKG monitor tech. Wound dressings, splints, accuchecks, VS, general care and stocking. I have been doing it for so long that I am the one that gets called on to start the difficult sticks. RNs just dont do enough of them and have lost any skills they might have had at one time. I started out years of drawing labs before I was allowed under the hospitals umbrella to do them ONLY in the ER and not on the regular floors. We are not allowed to hang fluids, just flush IVs with 10cc of saline. Maintaining it is the RNs job. We dont use heparin... I was trained 20 years ago after one year as a CNA, in most of the duties I do today at a local college under the Patient Care Tech program in Arizona and was shown foleys and dressing changes, lab draws and ekgs....no IVs. I did this for 10 years before going to a hospital that allowed the techs in the ER to start IVs in the ER only...after 9 years, I have gained a lot of experience as a IV starter and can truthfully say that I am better than any nurse in our department. I think there is a fear that we are taking duties away from a RN. I get asked to put a pt. back on O2 after getting back from bathroom, but that is considered a medication and is not in the scope of practice unless I was a licensed nurse but if I said I couldn't, the RNs would look at me funny and still expect me to...odd....lol
If they want to take this responsibility away from me, it will just make my day easier and the RNs job harder.