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    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Hawaii

    Permanent LPN/office-outpatient job in Honolulu, Hawaii with Matrix Providers, Inc.

    We are hiring for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to join our team of talented professionals who provide health care services to our vetera... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse-Contract

    Permanent LPN/other job in Fayetteville, North Carolina with Exceptional Medical Staffing

    Job Description: • Plans and manages patient care according to each patient’s needs. • Interviews patients and records their medical his... View job

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    Travel LPNs needed in Easton MD

    Travel/Contract LPN/SNF job in Easton, Maryland with GetMed Staffing, Inc.

    Start ASAP! 12hr day and 12hr nights available FAST interviews and offers! Contact GetMed Staffing at 402-382-2100 fore more informatio... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Hawaii

    Permanent LPN/office-outpatient job in Honolulu, Hawaii with Matrix Providers, Inc.

    We are hiring for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to join our team of talented professionals who provide health care services to our vetera... View job

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    Clinic LVN Traveler - Weekdays - 13 Week Contract (156240)

    Travel/Contract LPN/office-outpatient job in Quincy, California with Ink Staffing

    Rural Health Clinic Patient Support LVN. Provides professional nursing skills in an outpatient clinic setting, emphasizing disease preventio... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse-Contract

    Permanent LPN/other job in Fayetteville, North Carolina with Exceptional Medical Staffing

    Job Description: • Plans and manages patient care according to each patient’s needs. • Interviews patients and records their medical his... View job

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    2 LTC LPNs - Hemingford, NE - $1336.00/week

    Travel/Contract LPN/SNF job in Hemingford, Nebraska with CrossMed Healthcare Staffing Solutions

    Looking to make an impact and really help out a small town Long Term Care facility? Then I need to talk to you! Start: ASAP Interviews... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse/ Certified Nursing Assistant

    Permanent LPN/other job in Austin (North Austin Territory), Texas with Alexandra Julien

    -LVNs/LPNs or CNAs for a temporary assignment through the Coronavirus COVID–19 crisis. -As a precaution, we are temperature screening EVER... View job

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    LPN/LVN Home Health job in York, PA

    Travel/Contract LPN/Home Care job in York, Pennsylvania with Host Healthcare

    Why Choose Host Healthcare? Passionate and transparent team members have made Host Healthcare the agency of choice for new and experienced... View job

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    LPN opportunity! Great Benefits and Competitive Salary!

    Permanent LPN/Corrections job in Golden Valley, Arizona with The GEO Group, Inc.

    Summary This position participates in the implementation and evaluation of the detainees/inmates’ health care needs and provides compre... View job

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    Licensed Vocational Nurse

    Permanent LPN/other job in Long Beach, California with CA Mentor

    Everybody needs a job but only extraordinary people work here. Our team is fun, creative, and dedicated to making a difference every day in... View job

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    Wellness Director - LPN (Senior Living)

    Permanent LPN/other job in Frankenmuth, Michigan with Corso Care

    Wellness Director /LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Winter Village of Frankenmuth Position Summary:  The Laurus Home Care Directo... View job

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In order to become a licensed practical (LPN) or vocational nurse (LVN), you must first graduate from an accredited nursing program. It is possible to obtain a diploma (a program lasting about a year) or an associate's degree. Upon successful completion of the program, one must then pass the national credentialing test, the NCLEX-PN.

Bedside care is most often the main focus of the LPN. Taking vital signs, performing lab draws, assisting with the patients' personal care issues and information gathering from the patient and family consumes a significant amount of time in the LPN's day.

In many cases licensed practical nurses work alongside a registered nurse as a support person. The LPN may have their own patients and be responsible for patient assessment; it is however, the registered nurses' credentials that carry the weight of responsibility. The majority of LPNs are employed in nursing homes, doing medication passes and assessments. It is also possible for LPNs to become intravenous (IV) medication certified by passing an IV fluid administration test. This enables the LPN to hang the majority of IV drips such an antibiotics and electrolytes. An RN's license is still required for the higher risk IVs.

LPNs can be employed in schools, hospitals, industrial settings and clinics. In the nursing home setting, it is possible for LPNs to advance to the role of charge nurse. The LPN charge nurse oversees staffing problems and overall coordination of patient care including duties performed by nursing assistants and patient care aides.

Many LPNs work in the field of home health nursing when an RN's skills are not required. LPNs make nursing care plans, prepare meals and may take patients to doctors' appointments where the patient's illness requires traveling with a nurse. LPNs may also be involved with home health teaching where a patient with a new diagnosis or new home medical equipment needs supervision and teaching reinforcement.

In most states the LPN is not permitted to supervise an RN, although this issue is continuously debated. After being an LPN for a few years, many return to school to obtain their RN license in an LPN-to-RN accelerated program. An increase in salary and responsibility will ensue, as well as more doors opened for possibility of employment.

For the most part, autonomy in the career of an LPN is limited. LPNs must be comfortable with authority and willing to take direction from RNs and physicians. In addition, LPNs must also be strong leaders if they are supervising personnel.

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