Nurses are an essential part of the medical practice, and without them, proper recovery and acclimation to medical environments can be difficult. The duty of a licensed vocational nurse is to help patients prepare for treatment and assist in their recovery. To do this, licensed vocational nurses will be required to talk to patients and doctors, review medical documentation, report and document any changes in a patient's medical conditions, and monitor a patient's health during his or her stay. To become licensed, a licensed vocational nurse must take a state exam in the state in which he or she practices. A licensed vocational nurse must also have graduated from an accredited vocational nursing program. This can be done at a vocational school or at a college. In addition to a formal education, licensed vocational nurses must be good at working with people and comfortable providing care when it is needed.
Licensed vocational nurses will spend a lot of time nursing and providing care to patients. They do not do this alone, though, and other qualified medical professionals will assist in these duties as well as supervise licensed vocational nurses. When medicine is prescribed for patients, a licensed vocational nurse must ensure that the patient is properly taking his or her medications. This involves providing the prescribed dosages at the correct frequency. To keep medical operations running smoothly, a licensed vocational nurse will prepare and maintain medical equipment and supplies on a regular basis. Similarly, they will prepare patients for any exams or procedures that they need to undergo in order to assist in their diagnosis or recovery.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Tasks
- Observe and chart patient condition.
- Administer prescribed medications.
- Prepare and maintain equipment and supplies.
- Provide nursing care to patients under the supervision of RNs or other medical professionals.
- Prepare patients for exams or procedures.