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Can an ADON be an unlicensed Person?

LTC Directors   (267 Views | 2 Replies)
by lukesbaby lukesbaby (New) New

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Can a skilled nursing facility hire an unlicensed person to be an Assistant Director of Nurses? Write up on an assignment board the ADON's name with the initials LVN after it even though according to the board of vocational nurses this person has no nursing license. Can they allow this person to have meetings with LVN's and RN's and give them instructions on how to take off medical orders and make them sign a paper saying she gave them those directives? Can they allow this person to tell people they are an LVN. Please help me understand. 

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Nascar nurse has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC & Hospice.

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They could hire a monkey & give it the title of ADON.  Anyone could reasonably be in charge of the clerical type work of many ADONS...hiring, attendance monitoring, finding coverage etc.  Only a licensed nurse should be directing care practices.  Additionally, claiming the title of a nurse if you’re not one is illegal.

 

A note of caution.  Make sure you really know someone isn’t licensed before you make an accusation.  I’ve come across lots of nurses I can’t get to come up on the nsg board sites until I know the middle initial, a maiden name, etc.

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CoffeeRTC has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Are they and ADon or assistant to the director of nursing?  I'm willing to bet that if they are calling themself an assistant to the director and they are doing clerical tasks, that it might be okay.    Using the LVN title is fraudulent and should be reported unless they are an LVN.  

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