LPN in trouble...... - page 3

heres my question......are stna's allowed to do fingersticks?? so i was slammed @ work one day, go figure nobody offers help, so i had my stna do one fsbs for me. no insulin nothing like that, just a... Read More

  1. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from SMK1
    Exactly! and not only did they fire her, they want to go after her license as well so that she no longer has the means to support herself in her chosen field. It's not like she had the CNA giving insulin. CBG's are a delegatable activity in many many places. Now maybe she should have checked with her manger to see if it was ok, but it isn't like she was asking the CNA to do something out of their scope of practice.

    That is the part that enrages me...they wish to take away her career and stop her from supporting her family for a silly situation. I don't think the situation warrents all of this...it really makes me wonder if she has enemies that were looking for an excuse to terminate. The aide should be in trouble as well.
  2. by   secondthought
    I'm an RN student (graduating Dec '08) and I'm sorry to hear about the situation. It does seem like the penalty was greater than the crime. I'm as schocked to read the perspective that most hold about the nursing assistants. It's as if they're some kind of sub-class of humans. I really feel that some of you ought to be ashamed of how you look at your aides, if not, view yourselves as harshly for keeping these most untrustworthy, incompetent people around your patients. Nurses SHOULD know the scopes of practice for themselves and others but NEVER assume an inferior character (lazy, dumb, dangerous, etc.) because of a more limeted scope of practice!
    Last edit by secondthought on Dec 10, '07 : Reason: TO EMPHASIZE
  3. by   jean333
    I can NOT evem imagine them taking your license for that..give me a break! I am a brand new nurse and no doubt I am going to make mistakes and be chewed out but to try and ruin someones dream for something like this....please! It just sounds to me like a huge grudge and I am a firm believer that you "reap what you sow".... and it sounds like your boss was sowing a grudge and one day will pay for this behavior.....this should have been used as a teaching moment to make you a better nurse. Shame on your boss if that was her reason. Happy to hear you have a new job and I will say a prayer for you.

  4. by   caliotter3
    Sorry to hear that you were fired. Definitely not appropriate for what happened, but probably on the DON's long term agenda. Glad you got a new job two hours later. That is probably a record. Give our regards to your four year old. Glad she will have a Christmas.

    Make sure to check out your malpractice insurance for the clause that states they will cover your representation for your case before the board if it should go that far. Start looking for an attorney now. Call around and get an idea about what they want for retainers, etc. Consult the website of The American Assn of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) for a referral to a nurse attorney. You have to take the threat seriously and prepare for the worst even though that person may not follow up on what she stated. Good luck. Hope that everything works out in your favor.
  5. by   SunbabiLPN
    Congrats on your new job. I hope everything works out for you. If there was any question about what a CNA can or cannot do I would err on the side of caution and do it myself. Make sure you read the cna scope of practice at your new job. Good luck and best wishes!!!
  6. by   NursePeace
    Well....good news. I emailed my BON yesterday. Explained the story and asked about ohio laws on delegation. I recieved an email this afternoon (fast huh?) Fingersticks are delegateable as well as a boat load of stuff I didnt know. I think this is bitter sweet. I know that I do my job the best I can but for anybody to ever be able to put doubt in your head really gets to me. Well I dont know what Im gonna do with this information but I hate to walk away with my tail between my legs when I did nothing wrong. Thanks for all of your AWESOME replies. Youll never know how much they helped
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    I would frame a copy of that email and place it over my computer to look at each day. So, essentially, you did nothing wrong...is that what the BON is saying? I am glad that they responded quickly. But, be sure that you get the scope of practice of aides, RNs and LPNs the next place you go to, because while the BON may say it is okay, we have to consider policy and procedure of the facilities we work for.

    Good luck to you. I am glad this was a positive outcome.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Wow! A positive response as well as a fast response from the board. You are almost batting 1000! Congratulations on your victory. Yes. Keep that email in a safe place. I just know that your new job will turn out to be a big improvement for you. Best wishes for the holidays and a great new year to you and your family!!
  9. by   Poochee
    Did you contact your former employer, to let them know what the board said?
  10. by   NursePeace
    No....Ive actually contacted a lawyer. Sooooo we will see what happens.
  11. by   peridotgirl
    Quote from NursePeace
    Thanks again for all the encouraging replies!! I got a job two hours after I was fired so at least my 4 year old can have a decent christmas!! The circumstances are still getting to me though........stay positive
    Hi, Nursepeace. I know I'm a little late, but I'm ssoo sorry that you got fired. I don't think that it should have gone like that. The DON should have just put you on suspension or give a warning; as no harm was done. I'm really sorry to hear this. However, on the bright side, I am happy that you got another job. Just this time, make sure you look up the scope of practice for ALL those whom you delegate to. That way, you will know what they can and can not do. I wish you all the best at your new job and may your be successful. Good luck and God Bless!
  12. by   Simba&NalasMom
    Anxious to hear what your lawyer has to say....good grief, Charlie Brown. It always warms my heart to see bitter and vindictive people in charge. God knows how this DNS deals with actual life-threatening emergencies..."Hey! You were supposed to make copies of the MAR and face sheet BEFORE calling 911...I'm telling!!"

    Keep your chin up, kiddo...and glad you found another job within hours.
  13. by   GeauxNursing
    Quote from NursePeace
    Thanks again for all the encouraging replies!! I got a job two hours after I was fired so at least my 4 year old can have a decent christmas!! The circumstances are still getting to me though........stay positive
    man that sucks! but yay for you getting back out there and finding something else! you're awesome!