Check out the text of this proposed bill in Florida. It calls for the creation a Certified Geriatric Nurse specialty. The word "Certified" kind of threw me in the title but in reading the bill they intend for them to function in a licensed practical nurse capacity. It appears that they would pretty much be a LPN that is only allowed to work with geriatric patients. They could dispense meds, work under their own license, etc. Does anybody else see this as a way to get people through school faster and pay them less thus saving LTC money? Like a RN makes more than a LPN so it would only seem natural that a Geriatric Nurse would make less than a LPN since they have more limited duties. They would also be allowed to supervise CNAs. Here goes my conspiracy theory J Does everyone else see these "specializations" as a trend to dumb down the profession as a whole, giving nurses less flexibility in their scope of practice and careers in an effort to "trap" them in certain areas and an excuse to keep pay lower?
Mar 24, '05
I've already worked with Geriactrics several times,
in several different nursing homes over the years.
And supervised the CNAs.
And gave all the meds. What is the deal here?
When in nursing school you get training in all areas.
IMHO, when you work in Geriatrics nowadays,
it's just a step away from med surg in a hospital anyway.
Am I right on this?
Sounds like some kind of trumped up scheme, like you say, for NHs to save money.
If it catches on in FL, no doubt it will spread like wildfire.
But it could backfire. They might NOT find nurses for what they're gonna wanna pay in this scheme, IF that is the motive...lower pay.
Nursing home is HARD work. Too stressful for me.
There will be NO limited duties in a NH. If it needs doing, the nurse will do it.
I don't know tho.....I've reread it several times, and sounds like they might be trying to elevate a CNA to position of an LPN to take over those duties.
It's something they're thinking about to once again waterdown the nursing care.
Last edit by LPN1974 on Mar 24, '05