Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time to answer. I am just wondering if you have LPN's on your PICU.
The reason I am asking was because I was watching a coverage thing on tv today and they were in the PICU...the PICU had a LPN working and I was just wondering how common that is.
I'm an LPN who worked post partum, (and ante-partum until it became an all RN unit) and can honestly say I've never had the desire to work NICU. The students' I trained with all wanted to work with babies for some reason. But after working, I've never ran into any of them in maternity. The assessment training that Alberta LPN's obtain is superior to that offered in many provinces. I've seen it on this site that BC LPN's have to retake Physical Assessment to obtain an Alberta License. I have assessed many newborns in the "regular" nursery when an LPN has been on coverage for an RN, the only thing we couldn't do was the administration of Vit. K because we can not perform an IM on anyone under 5yo. (Provincial Regulation)
As, Jan says many of the skills are not in our scope of practice. However, having said that, Jan, LPN's in Alberta can take the IV start course offered at GMCC, however most employers will not let us utilize that skill. IV meds were added to our scope of practice last November, and the youngest person I've ever catheterized was a baby girl at the Children's Hospital when I was a student.
The rest are things I have no desire to ever do. This wasn't meant to start a "war" but to let you know what we are capable. of.
Last edit by Fiona59 on Jan 21, '05