A licensed practical nurse, or LPN, takes care of patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or medical doctor. Licensed practical nurses often provide basic care such as wound dressing, medication administration and taking vital signs. They also complete paperwork that is kept in the patient's file. Besides working with registered nurses and doctors, licensed practical nurses also work with certified nursing aides, physical and occupational therapists and home health aides.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Tasks
Take temperatures, dress wounds, record vital signs, collect blood and urine samples and prep patients for examinations, etc.
May include some clerical work and may work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Provide basic medical care helping physicians and registered nurses to focus in more specialized areas in patient care.