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dejaentendu90 dejaentendu90 22-25, F 9 Answers Jul 25, 2012

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All I know is that I keep reading about a nurse shortage.

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I doubt they will either, if "they" do it'll likely be some states, not others, that require it.<br />
I do understand that minimum numbers of RN's will be required. The LPN's and CNA's do direct patient care right now...and if minimum levels of staffing on those people are not mandated, I can see the hospitals trying to make the RN's do it all.<br />
If they do that though, costs will rise more, an RN isn't cheap.<br />
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A good RN in a high-risk position can make as much as 80k per year.<br />
I was a CNA, and I was trained to do gruntwork only.<br />
CNA's aren't trained enough to do an LPN's job, much less an RN.

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I don't even understand what their job is.

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They are clinicians basically

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What does that mean?

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I'm pretty sure they do the same thing as MAs only without the clerical part.

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Are you two frakking with me on purpose?

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LOL. like bedside care, administering IVs, taking blood pressure, etc.

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I feel decidedly confused about it. What is an LPN?

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licensed practical nurse.

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That rumour has been going around for thirty years. They wont do that because they get payed less than an RN. I have heard this since I went to nursing school

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That's what my mom said, but my teacher told me it was true today, so I dunno.

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