Help please for my mom...

  1. Hi... I am writing this for my mom as I am trying to help her out. She is employed and has been for a long time as a long term care RPN... however the hospital that she works for is laying off a bunch of RPN's and hiring PSW's... my mom wanted to take the step down a level because she would be able to work full time and not so many weekends (currently she is only part time and gets only four shifts per bi weekly pay period) anyway the nurses that they laid off are allowed to step into these psw positions full time but the nurses that did not get laid off are being told that they need psw certificates before they can take a position in that job description (the laid off nurses do not need to have such certificates) so these ladies are being screwed around in a big way... Okay long story short... I am wondering if anyone out there knows where she can get a psw equivalency course or a certificate or something for someone who shouldn't even need to get it to downgrade her position... any help would be greatly appreciated... Thank you TRacy
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  3. by   ERNurse752
    I have no idea...I'm sorry I can't help, I just didn't want you to think your post was being ignored.
    Maybe you can call the Board of Nursing in your area?
  4. by   boggle
    Hi Tracy, Please tell me what PSN stands for. Also, what part of the country (or world) does your Mom work?

    You may also try posting on the LPN discussion board.

    How frustrating for you Mom, and you too. I hope she finds a position and employer that appreciates her!!
  5. by   boggle
    OOPS, I typed too fast. "what PSN stands for" should have read, "PSW". sorry.
  6. by   hoolahan
    If I were your mom, and not even knowing what a PSW stands for, I'd get out. What this facility seems to be trying to do is bully the laid off nurses into to working below their level, and betting that they will still act as nurses. Why else would they not need a certificate to work in that capacity. That way they are still licensed to do the same things a nurse does, but they won't be paid for it. The hospital is covered b/c they still are working under a nursing license.

    Bottom line, why would your mom want to work in a place that manipulates and abuses its staff in this way?? Are there any other facilities near you? How about a union?

    Tell your mom to find out when they do their projected staffing, are the laid-off PSW's/RPN's going to be counted into the nursing staff, or ancillary staff in order to meet your area's state minimum nursing home requirements??
  7. by   LoisJean
    I may be wrong but it appears that tkaybel's Mom is the equilivent of a Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse working in a long term care facility. The facility is laying off these nurses and replacing them with PSWs, the equilivent of UAPs-(unlicensed assistive personnel). In an effort to cut costs, the facility sez that the laid off nurses can come back as UAPs (less money per hour, but in a full time position); and the nurses who are not laid off must take certification test for unlicensed personnel in order to get a full time position....they would no longer be recognized by the facility as nurses but as aides. Again, more workers for less money.
    I do not think this place exists in the United States. Perhaps a Third World country. tkeybel, you need to let us know where your Mom lives.
  8. by   live4today
    ((((((((Tracy))))))))) I'm so sorry about what is being done to your mom. I'll be sure to pray for her that things work out even better for her than before if she has to go elsewhere for employment. Nurses are just being crapped on right and left today.....doesn't seem to matter which country we live in. :kiss
  9. by   Kikumaru
    Tracy, what about looking into home health? Every state is promoting LPN's/LVN's (in California) for private duty cases. I don't know what state you're in but some states are pushing home health might be the perfect thing for her (quality care and feeling efficacious).