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How tasks do RPNs get to do at a hospital?

How tasks do RPNs get to do at a hospital?

Thank you comment icon Hello Is RPN equivalent to an RN? :) LA Liz Anderson RN, BSN, PHN

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Inioluwa’s Answer

A registered nurse provides primary health care to patients. They also take vital signs of patients. They help to recall patients for disease prevention procedures like immunisation, mammograms.
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Bailey’s Answer

I was never a LPN or LVN but I was taught in nursing school that I can delegate certain tasks to them. Any medication by mouth I can delegate but I cannot delegate any IV medications. I have not worked with an LVN yet but I did hear that at a local hospital they are allowing LVNs in the hospital again due to being short staffed. Prior to COVID, I knew of LVNs working in retirement homes, geriatric wards, and psychiatric wards. You can find the scope of practice for an LVN by googling your states “board of nursing” website. Good luck!
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Tara’s Answer

Hi there!

If an RPN is similar to an LPN (licensed practical nurse) they do work in the hospital. In fact, I've seen them more lately, especially assisting on med/surg & tele floors at the hospital.

In my experience with them, they are usually paired with an RN with a heavy assignment or are used as a resource/treatment nurse. They will assist in giving PO meds, and IV ABX on the pump. However, they cannot administer IV push medications (pain meds, blood pressure meds, etc.) and they cannot chart initial assessments or admissions. They are overseen typically by a primary RN who has either a ADN or BSN. They will also do dressing changes, give treatments, take vitals, and are usually an additional resource on the unit.

Hope that helps!
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