‘Deeply Flawed’: LPNs Speak Out On Their Exclusion from Nursing Home Staffing Proposal
As advocacy efforts to oppose the federal government’s proposed staffing mandate continue, the National Association for Licensed Practical Nurses (NALPN) is lending its voice towards the withdrawal of the mandate by sharing a joint letter it sent to the federal agency.
The role of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) has been chopped off from the proposal, a stipulation contested in the letter addressed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) administrator, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.
“It is evident that LPNs are essential members of a coordinated care team, [and] yet the proposed federal staffing mandate gives absolutely zero credit to the vital role they play as licensed nurses. To not include LPNs with RNs is an affront to their hard work and dedication to the residents they serve,” the letter states.