Understand the Role of the Skilled Nurses Supporting Your Elderly Family Member


Posted on: February 9th, 2021 by | No Comments

NewAldaya Lifescapes is a multifaceted retirement community with a skilled nursing facility responsible for providing diverse forms of care to our residents. Our nurses play different roles depending on their experience and area(s) of specialty, and each one cares deeply about the health and welfare of our residents.

Overview of Nurse Types

Generally speaking, there are three types of skilled nursing professionals working in a retirement community: a Registered Nurse (RN), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Each type of nurse has their own job description and different level of responsibility.

Registered Nurse

An RN is almost always the most experienced person on a nursing team, possessing extensive training and education. RNs play a supervisorial role and work under the direct guidance of a medical doctor. RNs create the schedule for the nursing team, designate the various assignments, and oversee the LPNs and CNAs. RNs also have specific jobs to do – for example, they are responsible for the total care of the residents, including initiating treatment plans and administering medicine. RNs also prepare IVs, draw blood, give injections, and take vital signs. Most importantly, they are required to monitor the health of their patients and ensure they always receive the proper care. Lastly, an RN is responsible for interacting with the patient’s family and reporting any changes in the patient’s health or living situation.

Licensed Practical Nurse

The LPN’s role in a nursing home is direct bedside care. Under the supervision of the Head RN, LPNs are responsible for the patient’s personal hygiene and daily care. The job of an LPN involves wide-ranging skilled nursing care and is often physically demanding, as they may be responsible for getting the patient out of bed or shifting the patient into a more comfortable position. LPNs are also responsible for taking a patient’s vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, temperature, heart rate), applying bandages and dressings, inserting catheters, and monitoring IVs. Moreover, it’s not uncommon for LPNs to feed their patients and record any changes in the patient’s health or vital signs. In sum, an LPN is responsible for all tasks related to the patient’s comfort within a traditional assisted living or extended care environment. If a problem arises, the LPN reports to the Head RN.

Certified Nursing Assistant

CNAs assist the LPNs. Though the CNA position is considered entry-level, state certification is required. A CNA can do some of the same tasks as an LPN, but there are certain things a CNA cannot do. For instance, a CNA cannot administer medications, start an IV, or supply IV medicine. Some of the standard tasks performed by a CNA include changing bed sheets, bathing patients, and changing bedpans, as well as feeding patients, walking patients, and any other tasks designated by the LPN or RN.

Contact Us Today for More Information About Our Nursing Team

The nurses at our senior living facility have many responsibilities, all of which are approached with genuine care and the highest level of professionalism. We invite you to contact us today for more information about our nursing team – or even better, visit NewAldaya Lifescapes and meet with us in person.