posted on July 20, 2012 10:23
Fewer LPNs, or Licensed Practical Nurses, are being used in hospital settings.
The trend has caused the layoff of four part-time and four per-diem LPNs at Batavia’s UMMC. Hospital spokesperson Colleen Flynn said it’s a matter of matching nursing credentials with patient need
“We have gone to a model that utilizes all registered nurses and nurses aids (in medical/surgical settings). LPNs are very valuable however their licensure better aligns their scope of practice and what they are able to do, and can do, for patients to our outpatient settings. LPNs can be employed in our emergency department, physician’s offices and corporate health center,” said Flynn.
All LPNs laid off have either been offered positions elsewhere within UMMC, decided to retire or further their education in nursing.
Flynn said the staffing change also involved room changes at the hospital. All surgical patients will now be on the 3rd floor while medical patients will be placed on the 2nd floor.