Central Morning | Nov 14, 2012 | 7:01
RN vs. LPN
In the last week we've been discussing Central Health's decision to replace registered nurses in some locations with licenced practical nurses. Staff at several rural locations under the Central Health board have been told changes are coming. In Lewisporte, for example, the night shift will have only one RN instead of two. The other RN will be replaced with two LPNs, who have less training and don't make as much money. Matthew McHugh says that could be a costly decision for both staff and patients. He's a nursing professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has extensively researched the consequences of cutting nurses.