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    LVN Float PRN - Clinic Float Pool (ID: 5000477420606)

    Per Diem LPN/office-outpatient job in Tyler, Texas with CHRISTUS Health

    DESCRIPTION Provides care under supervision of physician or registered nurses for clinic patients, according to established standards and p... View job

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    LVN/LPN job in Lamesa, TX

    Travel/Contract LPN/SNF job in Lamesa , Texas with trustaff Travel Nursing

    Travel LVN/LPN trustaff is currently seeking an experienced LVN/LPN for a 13-week travel contract. 1+ year of recent acute care experienc... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse - Travel LPN

    Travel/Contract LPN/MS job in Springfield, Massachusetts with MedPro Healthcare Staffing

    MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for travel ass... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse/Sign on Bonus

    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Bennington , Vermont with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

    The LPN at CLR works under the direction of an RN to care for residents and patients. The LPN delivers the nursing process and delegation to... View job

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    Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

    Per Diem LPN/WOCN job in Fort Riley, Kansas with New Wave People Inc.


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    lpn skilled-nursing Job in Pittsburgh, PA

    Travel/Contract LPN/SNF job in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Blueforce Healthcare Staffing

    WEEKLY GROSS PAY: $ 1322.40 (if a pay package is not listed, please speak to a recruiter to get the current pay package) BLUEFORCE HEALTHCA... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse – Emergency Room – Medical Surgical

    Travel/Contract LPN/ER job in Fort Campbell, Kentucky with Loyal Source Government Services, LLC

    Loyal Source Government Services is looking for a flexible and experienced Licensed Practical Nurse who is willing to work Medical surgical... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurses, Dravosburh & Pittsburgh, PA

    Permanent LPN/Home Care job in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Avondale Care Group

    When you join Avondale Care Group, you’re not just getting a job, you’re joining a family! Avondale Care Group, located in midtown Manhattan... View job

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    Camp Nurse (Health Director)

    Travel/Contract LPN/Camp job in Putnam Valley, New York with NY Foundling

    If you are a service-oriented individual and desire a thoroughly rewarding career where you have the ability to make a difference in the liv... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

    Permanent LPN/other job in Waltham, Massachusetts with Vinfen

    As a Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.), you will participate in the comprehensive assessment of physical health of the people Vinfen serves.... View job


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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