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What does a Licensed Practical Nurse do exactly?

Posted: June 23, 2021 by Kasey Bowser
Practical nursing student works on simulation patient in the classroom lab.
Learn about the Licensed Practical Nursing career to see if it’s the right career path for you.
 


If you know you’d like to get into the nursing field, but aren’t quite ready for the Registered Nursing (RN) program, the Practical Nursing (LPN) program would be a great first step into the healthcare field. There are many paths you can take to become a nurse, so it’s good to learn about all of them. Here, we will discuss what the LPN career involves so you can get a better understanding if it’s right for you.
 
What is an LPN’s job description?

Licensed practical nurses, also known as licensed vocational nurses (LVN) in certain states, provide routine care for sick or injured patients. They work closely with RNs to come up with patient care plans for each individual. LPNs have a limited scope of practice compared to RNs who have more responsibilities.
 
What are the job duties for an LPN?
 
Licensed practical nurses are responsible for a range of hands-on patient care and administrative tasks, including:
  • Monitoring patient health such as vital signs and overall health condition
  • Changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Providing basic patient care, such as daily activities
  • Assisting with tests or procedures
  • Consulting with RNs on care plans
  • Documenting patient concerns and communicating with the healthcare team
  • Administering medications and injections
LPNs’ duties may vary depending on the place of employment and state, but you can expect to be providing similar hands-on patient care regardless of your employer and location.

Where can LPNs work?

LPNs can work in a variety of healthcare settings. With more and more patients wanting to be cared for at home or near their homes, many jobs have moved to more specialized environments. Some of the most common places of work include nursing homes, home healthcare, hospitals, physicians’ offices, military, correctional facilities, travel and rehabilitation centers.

Are you ready to take the next step toward your LPN career?

Now that you know what a licensed practical nurse does, are you ready to start toward that path in the nursing field? We offer the program at our Aurora, CO and Albuquerque, NM campuses and it only takes a little less than a year to complete giving you the opportunity to begin working quickly. Graduates from Pima Medical Institute are granted a certificate in practical nursing and can apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).
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