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What are the duties of an lpn opposed to an rn?

Do lpn administer shots and give medication? Where do they often work? Is there a challenge to the job? Are there any disadvantages? What do rn perform that put them above lpn and make it more seemingly of a job to people? Personal details appreciated.

Asked By: - 1/20/2010
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LPNs and RNs have different scopes of practice. LPNs cannot assess patients and they cannot triage, and they can't administer IV medications. Most LPNs work in nursing homes where the patients are stable and just need basic treatments (like wound care) and oral medications or insulin shots (those are subq so LPNs can... More
Answered By: Shana B - 1/22/2010
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Usually RN will do the intravenous medications like fluids, IV antibiotics, blood transfusion where there is a larger room for error and you need more experience. Usually they are responsible for the supervision of the LPN and oversee their work. LPNs are often used to "stretch" RNs and make it seem like there are more... More
Answered By: Poseidon - 1/20/2010
 
IN my area LPNs can not do nursing assessments or triage; which is what knocks them out of most jobs. They also can not do IV push, hang blood, do IV therapy stuff like that.
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Answered By: Diane A - 1/20/2010
 
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