(L)et's (P)lay (N)urse

 

 

*fresh off our director's of operations desk*

    In my seven years of nursing I've worked with nurses who have various credentials. I've worked with LPNs and RNs with DNPs and PhDs. A common factor is the lpn is underrepresented, underappreciated, and not respected.  

     I worked with a brand new nurse, once.  Brand new meaning she'd only passed her boards two months prior.  I overheard her telling the supervisor, "I'm so tired of these LPNS trying to tell me what to do. They aren't real nurses. You know LPN stands for let's play nurse." I was livid! My impulse reaction was to give her a piece of my mind. I decided to educate her, instead. An LPN taught me my clinical skills. An LPN taught me how to think critically. An LPN is my mentor, in wound care, and has built a business traveling the county,  educating physicians and nurses on proper wound treatment.  LPNS perform tasks including, but not limited to:          

  • Documentation
  • Direct Patient Care
  • Monitoring and Obtaining Patients' Vital Signs
  • Administering Injections and Performing Venipunctures (blood draws)
  • Performing Wound Care
  • Patient Education 
  • Coordinating Care with Physicians
  • Administering oral, subcutaneous, Sublingual, and IV medications
  • Collecting  specimens such as blood, urine, sputum, and etc
  • Inserting urinary catheters
  • Caring for patients with tracheostomy tubes and ventilators
  • Inserting nasogastric tubes and caring for those patients
  • Giving feedings through a nasogastric or gastrostomy tube
  • Caring for and educating patients with  ostomies
  • Monitoring patients for changes, in condition and notifying physicians 
  • Performing CPR 

HERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY THE LPN IS IMPORTANT:

  • Lots of facilities, especially those in long term care, could not function without the LPNs. They are an important part of the nursing staff, at times managing the building on evening, night, and weekend  shifts when no RN is on site.
  • LPNs are often the first line of defense and advocacy for patients. Practical nurses are often more hands-on with patients, performing bedside care, passing medication,  performing wound care, and etc. The Lpn will often notice a change in condition and be the first to report it the physician.  
    We need to rally behind our practical and vocational nurses. They play an important role and our patients need them.                                                               

    4 comments

    • thank you for this post. here in Canada the jobs as a LPN are really rare and i can say that i got lucky to of found one that i really love and is appreciated by all my patients. I have been a LPN for 2 and a half years and i can say that i have worked with some Rn that think that being a LPN is not being a real nurse.

      lynda camden
    • Thank you so much. I’ve been an LVN for 4 years. I have patients who tell me they don’t want me to take care of them and say I should go get a “real nurse” or the manager. The look on their face when I tell them that I am the manager.

      Jemelda Bridgett
    • I am planning to do LPN 1st. I appreciated the level of care and knowledge that they bring.

      It is disheartening to hear such negative comments. Thank you for a great blog post.

      Reese
    • That is so true! I have had several LPN’S fresh out of school and don’t know a thing about WOUND CARE! Even the big boss came once and had no clue what to do except answer her phone and talk about getting her teenager out of school while I laid there for treatment. My advice is to listen to the best LPN that is out there who has the best knowledge of WOUND CARE and the best bed side manor! Here’s to you Porcia, thanks for being patient with me and foremost treating my wound!

      Jay Davis

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