What Do Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)s Do?
AA registered practical nurse (RPN) is a designation used primarily in Ontario in Canada. It is essentially the equivalent of a licensed practical nurse (LPN), a designation in use in other provinces and throughout the United States. RPNs usually work as direct reports to registered nurses (RN) in the field of hospital and clinical care. They perform many of the routine duties normally associated with nursing and also report any noted changes in the patient that may affect ongoing treatment.
- Collect patient health information like blood pressure, temperature, and pulse.
- Provide patients and families with health and safety information.
- Provide assistance including medications, changing dressings, and bathing patients.
- Monitor patients' progress and report changes.