Licensed practical nurses (LPN) are responsible for using their extensive training in a wide range of nursing tasks and patient-care objectives. These nurses must have strong communication skills to interact with patients, listen to their concerns, talk to their families, and solve any issues as soon as they arise. They must also be organized and pay close attention to detail to facilitate this care.
LPNs follow strict safety and privacy guidelines to maintain confidentiality and security in the workplace, and common responsibilities include providing medication, taking vital signs, administering injections, measuring temperature and blood pressure, filling out medical charts, and recording prescribed medications. They may stand on their feet for several hours at a time and use a personal computer to log their interactions and progress. They must communicate any issues to the physician in charge, and may also be tasked with monitoring physical activities, handling hazardous materials, overseeing medical processes, and keeping instruments and materials available for medical staff.
Licensed practical nurses work in a fast-paced environment and must be able to multitask with ease. They should always have a friendly attitude and strive to provide excellent patient care. They must work well in a team setting with other nurses, but also on their own with minimal supervision. A bachelor's degree in nursing is required for this position, and relevant licensing and prior experience are highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Tasks
Provide basic medical care helping physicians and registered nurses to focus in more specialized areas in patient care.
May include some clerical work and may work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Take temperatures, dress wounds, record vital signs, collect blood and urine samples and prep patients for examinations, etc.