To the Editor:
After reading your article on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Journal of Gerontological Nursing 1993;19(7):22-28),Iam angry.
The article was informative, but the paragraph about LPNs was demeaning. It seemed as if it was thrown in as a filler. At our facility, we had a good inservice about MRSA and have approximately two inservices per month. Most LPNs know as much as or more than an RN and are able to do as much as an RN.
I have taught RNs who were fresh out of school how to draw blood, insert nasogastric tubes, and catheter patients. Currently, I have 30 patients in my hall to which I give medications for treatments. I also have paperwork you would not believe. I do it by myself - but if I'm out of the facility, it takes two RNs to do the same work.
So, you can talk down to us LPNs, but you better look around a hospital or nursing home to see who is working - certainly not the RNs.