Licensed Practical Nurse LPN - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

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Job Description

 

In Texas and California, they are called licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). In all other states, they are licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

Regardless of what they’re called, their duties are the same: they care for the sick, the injured, help the convalescent and assist the disabled in a variety of health care settings.

LPN jobs are plenty and they have a great job-growth outlook for the future. Many nurses receive their LPN as one of the first step to becoming a Registered Nurse or an advanced practice nurse. 

LPNs/LVNs work under the supervision of RNs or physicians. Preparation programs for LPNs involve one year of classroom and clinical training at a hospital, a vocational-technical school or a community college.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take a state exam to obtain their license as an LPN or LVN. Once licensed, these nurses are qualified to work in hospitals and other health care settings.

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Responsibilities

 

The responsibilities of an LPN are limited. They are required to work under the guidance and direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

Typical duties of an LPN include providing basic bedside care. Some of their common job responsibilities may include:

  • Taking vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration)

  • Providing treatment for bedsores

  • Preparing and administering medications through injection or enema

  • Applying dressings, including sterile dressings

  • Providing alcohol rubs and massages

  • Applying hot and cold packs as ordered

  • Monitoring catheters

  • Observing patients and report any adverse reactions to medications or treatments

  • Collecting lab samples for testing

  • Performing routine laboratory tests

  • Feeding patients who need assistance

  • Recording food and fluid intake and output

  • Assisting patients with personal hygiene, such as bathing and dressing

  • Providing comfort measures to patients

  • Caring for patients’ emotional needs

  • Administering medicines as prescribed by a physician or initiate venipuncture to start intravenous fluids in states where the law allows this practice

In some settings, LPNs may help deliver, care for and feed infants. Nursing assistants and nursing aides can be supervised by experienced LPNs.

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Skills

 

Communication Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about patient's treatment plans and diagnoses. Must correspond with other medical professionals to ensure patient care. 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to treatment plans and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary. 
Critical Thinking Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 
Complex Problem Solving Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 
Empathy Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves since they deal with sensitive issues.
Trustworthiness Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 
Operation Monitoring Must be able to monitor gauges and dials and use medical software to give the best updated medical care. 

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Working Conditions

 

Most licensed practical nurses work a standard 40-hour week in a hospital or a long-term care facility or nursing home.

Because the patients in these facilities need around-the-clock care, assignments for working nights, weekends and holidays are usually required.

An LPN is often required to sand for long periods of time and may be required to help patients turn and position in the bed, stand and walk.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.16.2017
The Licensed Practical Nurse position is located on the north side of Indianapolis, Indiana Job Duties The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) functions as a member of the physician practice team, conducting duties such as: rooming patients,...
08.16.2017
The Licensed Practical Nurse position is located in Noblesville, Indiana Job Duties The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) functions as a member of the physician practice team, conducting duties such as: rooming patients, triaging calls, assisting...
08.16.2017
Status: PRN, Non-Exempt Schedule: As Needed Summary: The LPN provides direct patient care in collaboration with the Registered Nurse to an assigned group of patients. S/he provides care to patients of all age groups. Nursing Care is provided...
07.12.2017
Job Req ID: 138579 Position Number: 00094221 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Details : To be determined Standard Hours:  28.00 Department Name: CMC Northpark Location: Carolinas...
07.19.2017
Job Req ID: 139374 Position Number: 00076801 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : M - F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Standard Hours:  36.00 Department Name: Family Practice Center...
08.16.2017
The LPN/RN position is located in the Castleton area of Indianapolis, Indiana Job Duties The LPN/RN functions as a member of the physician practice team, conducting duties such as: rooming patients, triaging calls, assisting the provider with...
08.16.2017
Full time -- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN HRCCC LaBelle) Position will staff the Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center in LaBelle. Previous LPN experience preferred. Bi-lingual applicants preferred. Valid Florida LPN license required....
08.16.2017
Full time -- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN HRCCC LaBelle) Position will staff the Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center in LaBelle. Previous LPN experience preferred. Bi-lingual applicants preferred. Valid Florida LPN license required....
08.16.2017
The Licensed Practical Nurse position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties Performs direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse and collaborates with the RN on the plan of care Direct patient care...
08.11.2017
Department: Division of Regional Medicine A Life-Changing Career Responsibilities: The licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides nursing care to assigned patients under the direct supervision of the registered nurse (RN) or other assigned...
08.14.2017
Department: Spine Clinic A Life-Changing Career Responsibilities: The licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides nursing care to assigned patients under the direct supervision of the registered nurse (RN) or other assigned supervisor and...
08.16.2017
Status: Per Diem - Flexible as needed hours, Non-Exempt Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages,...
08.16.2017
Status: PRN, Non-Exempt Schedule: As Needed Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages, including general nursing care, administration of...
08.16.2017
Status: PRN (Non-Exempt) Schedule: Monday-Friday (as needed) MPS Office Location: Jacksonville, IL Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages,...
08.16.2017
Status: PRN, Non-Exempt Schedule: As Needed MPS Office Location: Chatham, IL Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages, including general...
  1. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  2. Licensed Practical Nurse - (LPN) Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  3. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), TCU Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
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  4. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 138579 Position Number: 00094221 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Details : To be determined Standard Hours:  28.00 Department Name: CMC Northpark Location: Carolinas...
  5. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 139374 Position Number: 00076801 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : M - F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Standard Hours:  36.00 Department Name: Family Practice Center...
  6. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) / Registered Nurse (RN) Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  7. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN HRCCC LaBelle) Clewiston, FL Hendry Regional Medical Center
    Full time -- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN HRCCC LaBelle) Position will staff the Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center in LaBelle. Previous LPN experience preferred. Bi-lingual applicants preferred. Valid Florida LPN license required....
  8. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN HRCCC LaBelle) Clewiston, FL Hendry Regional Medical Center
    Full time -- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN HRCCC LaBelle) Position will staff the Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center in LaBelle. Previous LPN experience preferred. Bi-lingual applicants preferred. Valid Florida LPN license required....
  9. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Med/Surg Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  10. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Gate Parkway Job Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville
    Department: Division of Regional Medicine A Life-Changing Career Responsibilities: The licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides nursing care to assigned patients under the direct supervision of the registered nurse (RN) or other assigned...
  11. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Spine Clinic Job Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville
    Department: Spine Clinic A Life-Changing Career Responsibilities: The licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides nursing care to assigned patients under the direct supervision of the registered nurse (RN) or other assigned supervisor and...
  12. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or CMA Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: Per Diem - Flexible as needed hours, Non-Exempt Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages,...
  13. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or CMA Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: PRN, Non-Exempt Schedule: As Needed Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages, including general nursing care, administration of...
  14. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or CMA Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: PRN (Non-Exempt) Schedule: Monday-Friday (as needed) MPS Office Location: Jacksonville, IL Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages,...
  15. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or CMA Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: PRN, Non-Exempt Schedule: As Needed MPS Office Location: Chatham, IL Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Summary: The LPN Performs a wide variety of patient care activities for the clinics patients of all ages, including general...