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    Per Diem LPN/SNF job in Oakwood, Georgia with Georgia Pals, Inc

    LPNs help patients in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, working under the direction of doctors and registered nurses, or RNs. L... View job

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    Permanent LPN/Psyc job in Denver, Colorado with Careerbuilder.com

    MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF DENVER Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) The Mental Health Center of Denver has immediate need of Licensed Pra... View job

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    Permanent LPN/other job in Dayton, Ohio with Matrix Providers, Inc.

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

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    Permanent LPN/Corrections job in Broomfield, Colorado with Health Care Partners Foundation, Inc

    Job Summary Correctional Nurses work with incarcerated patients and are employed by private companies providing medical and mental health s... View job

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    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Boise, Idaho with Careerbuilder.com

    Vibra Hospital of Boise – Boise, ID Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) *New Grads Welcome!* Come grow with Vibra Healthcare, where we m... View job

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    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Florence, Kentucky with Careerbuilder.com

    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) *Full Time Day AND Night shifts available!* **NEW GRADS WELCOME!** At Vibra Healthcare, we're on a fir... View job

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    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Rochdale, Massachusetts with Careerbuilder.com

    Vibra Healthcare is seeking Licensed Practical Nurses – LPNs - to join our growing team! Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) **NEW GRADS WELC... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN

    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Thorton, Colorado with Careerbuilder.com

    Vibra Hospital of Denver Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN Come grow with Vibra Healthcare, where we manage from the bedside up every day.... View job

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    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Bowling Green, Kentucky with Careerbuilder.com

    Southern Kentucky Rehab Hospital – Bowling Green Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) **$10,000 BONUS FULL TIME NIGHTS!!** At Vibra Healthc... 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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