Dear Nurse Beth,
I am a new LPN grad currently and not so patiently awaiting my ATT. I am working as an STNA while I wait to test. I have been here for 3 years and they offered me a position as soon as I pass my boards.
The DON has asked me if I want to orient as a nurse before I test that way I am ready to go as soon as I get my license. I was just wondering if that's even a thing? Also, what would I be allowed to do/ not do? I know that I am not allowed to give meds but would I be able to use any of my skills or not? Would I be strictly limited to learning?
Dear Orienting Without a License,
Congrats on graduating!
The DON is trying to rush things along but there is a definite liability here.
You cannot practice as an LPN before you are an LPN. Right now you are neither a student nor an LPN.
You are an STNA (state tested nurses aide). note
: Some states have Interim Permits for registered nurses.
Just think if you inserted a feeding tube into a patient and they aspirated. They develop pneumonia, die, and the family sues the facility.
The prosecuting attorney would want to know why an STNA inserted a feeding tube.
You will need and deserve an orientation as an LPN. It sounds like speed of on-boarding you is paramount, and not your orientation.
You are right to be concerned.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!