Can LPN's Be a Scrub Nurse???

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Has 2 years experience.

I'm going to be attending and LPN program, and I'm aiming for my RN and eventually would like to become a Scrub Nurse. In one of the clinicals that we go through is Med/Surg and we get to go into surgeries. My Question is do I have to become an RN to be able to become a Scrub Nurse or can I be an LPN and do it while I get my RN?

And any advice you can give me as to ways of obtaining extra training to become a Scrub Nurse? Is there a certain continuing education to take or is it train on the job? If there is a certain CEU, which one is the best to take?

Thank you very much for taking your time to read my post:D

Penelope_Pitstop, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. 2,365 Posts

A lot of hospitals have Scrub Techs and don't use nurses in the scrub position.

When I worked OR, I had to learn how to scrub, but in my position as OR nurse was not expected to do it unless I absolutely needed to due to emergency situations. We used techs.

The children's hospital near me uses LPNs in the scrub position.

daVinciNurse

Specializes in OR. Has 13 years experience. 76 Posts

I have worked in a facility that actually had more LPNs than CSTs in the "scrub tech" role. Scrubbing is NOT part of LPN school though. (At least not that I know of!) Some of the LPNs had come from the L&D unit where they had scrubbed C-sections, others went through the same periop training class required of RNs without prior OR experience. The facility I am in now has NO LPNs in the OR. Not to say they wouldn't hire one if they had an applicant, but they would need more training than a newly graduated ST would. All the facilities I have worked in have allowed RNs to scrub, but it is not a routine assignment to have the RN scrub. Not all RNs are comfortable scrubbing either. Personally, I LOVE scrubbing, just wish I could do it more frequently.

Argo

Specializes in Peri-Op. Has 10 years experience. 1,221 Posts

I know quite a few lpn scrubs. They all were either scrub techs before lpn or did the program afterwards. It would be very hard to impossible to get someplace to hire a fresh lpn and train them to scrub.

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience. 8 Articles; 2,543 Posts

Hey Argo, can LPNs circulate? I have never thought to ask this.

jessrene, LPN

Specializes in OR. Has 4 years experience. 28 Posts

lpn's cannot circulate that I know of.

ORNurse2B

Has 2 years experience. 17 Posts

Thank you for the replies :). What kind of extra education would I need to pursue for scrubbing in?

chloebonnie

15 Posts

I believe you need at least an ADN