Quote from Stormikris
Any LPN's in the Tucson area?? would love as much information as you have about working here. I am new to nursing in the States. Thank you.
I am a new LPN but have lived my entire life in Tucson. It depends greatly on the hospital as to where LPN's are being hired, and remember that it goes in waves. The unit that is accepting LPN's now, may not be hiring in 6 months saying that they do not use LPN's, even though you may be working for them in that capacity. Like any other position, it depends on the actions of the other LPN's as to whether we are perceived as nurses or glorified PCTs. The hospital I work in uses LPN's on our Rehab unit, and is beginning to us LPN's on Med/Surg. I work in ED, but started there as a PCT and I am still in school to gain my RN. Our ED does not normally use LPN's but is working with those of us still in school, and may be changing their attitude toward hiring LPN's instead of PCT since IV certified LPN's can start lines, and can help with our hold patients when necessary. I have friends in other hospitals and we have found one thing to be true across the board. It depends on the facility you work in, not the state board regulations, as to what they will allow you to do in your practice. And since you are working under the RN's license, you have to set your own limits as to what you are willing to do. Some RN's are lazy and will push everything off on you if allowed. Others are less trusting of you, and you must show them that you know your stuff. Just be sure that you are working within your scope of practice per the state board, and within the facility policies. Heads up. The only level 1 trauma in Tucson is UMC. St. Mary's, St. Joseph's, and Tucson Heart are all sister facilities. El Dorado is now closed. If there is anything else I can tell you, please let me know.