What's the scoop?

  1. I work in Az and for the life of me can't seem to find out where a RN stands in regard to having medtechs passing meds when we're in charge of a unit/facility. (I work in assisted living/ Alzeimers) Also my boss is a LPN so am I responsilbe for her too...?? I called the BON but got no answer.
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  3. by   spineCNOR
    Jeez Louize!!! I don't have an answer for you either, but your state's BON certainly should! Have you tried the state nurses' association--if they don't have an answer they might direct you to someone who would.

    Good luck--sounds like you are in a less than optimal situation!
  4. by   P_RN

    This is similar to what happened with me many years ago.
    As far as med-techs we don't have them in SC.


  5. by   Freshman RN
    Is your facility state run? That's the only way Med Aids can work in WYoming- liability I think.
  6. by   TNcanNURSE
    At the facility I work at (TN) the only RNs in a supervisory position are the DON and the ADON. We have numerous RNs on staff but they are supervised by the charge nurse---all of the charge nurses are LPNs. I have wondered for a while now how it is possible for an LPN to "supervise" an RN.

    I am an LPN working on my RN so I don't know a whole lot about the scope of practice and such for an RN just yet, but I do know that an LPN performs nursing under the supervision of an RN or MD.

    If anyone has the answer to this question I would also love to hear it.
  7. by   Jenny P
    I'd check with both your state nurses association and also call the Board of Nursing and request a copy of your Nurse Practice Act, the document that tells what each and every nurse in your state should be practicing under. There is also the National Council of State Boards of Nursing site (http://www.ncsbn.org/) which may also have some information for you there (use the "Search" button there).

    It is important that each nurse knows their states' Nurse Practice Act and follows it so that they stay within the boundaries of their nursing practice in order to maintain their nursing license. Each state has its' own Nurse Practice Act; and this may include special rules and regulations that are specific to that state. For example, the New York Nurse Practice Act may have a special provision for reporting of suspected child abuse while another state may have a different provision for the same thing but the child abuse might have to be obvious (sorry, but I'm making this up as I can't remember the real provisions I had studied in the past).

    Anyway, good luck in finding out what your state Nurse Practice Act says about your work situation. And I hope that you are practicing within the boundaries of your states' Nurse Practice Act.
  8. by   LaVorneRN
    That does sound ass backwards to have an LPN supervising an RN. I'd look into that. It doesn't sound legal by nursing standards. I am not new to the field and have never heard of anything like that.
  9. by   KaroSnowQueen
    That has been the way it is in many of the LTC I have worked in. Most of the staff are LPN's and most of the charge staff are LPN's. If an RN is on staff as a regular floor nurse, she answers to the charge LPN.
  10. by   Disablednurse
    Travel2, have you checked to see if your BON is on line. Where I live the BON is on line with the nurse practice act also on line. Might be worth checking.
  11. by   911fltrn
    Hmm, I would never take a job that i had to answer to someone with less education than me!
  12. by   travel2lv
    Thanks everybody, for the advice. As soon as I finish this note I'm going to try to get some answers, perhaps ncsbn (thanks JennyP). I don't mind working under an LPN if it is legal, I do worry about medtechs though. They will be getting lots of med classes!