Lpn / PCA/ GPN

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by GabHen1315, LPN (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Long Term Care. Has 12 years experience.

Advice please!

  1. 1. Can an LPN be moved to a PCA on a unit and GPN be the shift nurse for that shift?

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I have been working an Lpn position in a LTC facility for almost 10 years.   Due to COVID we are extremely short staffed and the schedule changes all the time.   I am scheduled my normal shift tomorrow morning.  On the schedule I am crossed off as the LPN , and listed as a PCA.  The person who is scheduled in my place on that shift and floor is a GPN.  Can they do that?   I have no problem helping out and lately I have done my duties on top of taking an assignment to help the PCA’s.   I am wondering if this has happened to anyone else and if this is okay?   I didn’t pick up the shift, it’s my normal shift I have been working for years.  

Sour Lemon

Has 12 years experience. 5,015 Posts

On 1/1/2021 at 6:59 PM, GabHen1315 said:

I have been working an Lpn position in a LTC facility for almost 10 years.   Due to COVID we are extremely short staffed and the schedule changes all the time.   I am scheduled my normal shift tomorrow morning.  On the schedule I am crossed off as the LPN , and listed as a PCA.  The person who is scheduled in my place on that shift and floor is a GPN.  Can they do that?   I have no problem helping out and lately I have done my duties on top of taking an assignment to help the PCA’s.   I am wondering if this has happened to anyone else and if this is okay?   I didn’t pick up the shift, it’s my normal shift I have been working for years.  

As an RN, I've occasionally been assigned to work as a CNA or sitter. A graduate nurse, as far as I know, can do the same things a nurse can do.

I don't see why it wouldn't be allowed, although putting the person with less experience in the CNA role would make more sense to me.

Lynker, LPN

Specializes in LTC, Rehab. Has 3 years experience. 221 Posts

I don't see why it wouldn't be allowed. I was asked once to work on a different unit as the night's CNA (I didn't do it because I'd never worked on that unit). But if it was my regular unit, I would have done it. You get the same pay and you get to differentiate from your job a bit. I think that's cool.