Permanent LPN/SNF job in Woburn, Massachusetts with Hearthstone Alzheimer Care
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care has an opportunity for an LPN - Wellness Nurse with Memory Care experience to join our Woburn residence team! The... View job
Permanent LPN/Home Care job in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Amazing Care Home Health Services
Amazing Care Home Health Services is currently seeking compassionate RN's for private duty, one-on-one cases. Part-time and Full-time,... View job
Permanent LPN/other job in Dubuque, Iowa with Oak Park Place
Do you find joy in helping others? At Oak Park Place, our goal is to Share our GIFTS to enhance the lives of those we serve. If this sounds... View job
Permanent LPN/office-outpatient job in Longview, Texas with CHRISTUS Health
DESCRIPTION Under supervision, the incumbent of this position provides professional nursing care to clinic patients. Works collaboratively... View job
Travel/Contract LPN/SNF job in Glendive, Montana with CrossMed Healthcare Staffing Solutions
Travel LPN - Housing provided by the facility Evenings and nights, combination of 12 and 8 hour shifts Shared housing provided and paid... View job
Travel/Contract LPN/Oncology job in Cartersville, Georgia with Premier Healthcare Professionals (PHP)
LPN Oncology floor Cartersville, GA DAY shift BLS ACLS and NIHSS Required December start date Please email us for Pay details Quick... View job
Permanent LPN/Home Care job in Rockford, Illinois with Independence Plus
Independence Plus, Inc. is rapidly expanding our specialized home nursing division in Rockford, IL and the greater Rockford, IL area. Licens... View job
Permanent LPN/Corrections job in South Bay, Florida with The GEO Group, Inc.
Summary Works under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) in participating in the implementation and evaluation of the detainee... View job
Travel/Contract LPN/SNF job in Boston, Massachusetts with AB Staffing Solutions
HR SHCN - BOSTON, MA 02199 Are you ready to explore new places while building your resume? At AB Staffing, we specialize in placing Travel... View job
Permanent LPN/Home Care job in Simi Valley, California with Horizon Health Care Systems, Inc.
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY The Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse is responsible for providing direct patient care under the supervision of... View job
Permanent LPN/Corrections job in Indianapolis, Indiana with CoreCivic
Join a great medical team today! At CoreCivic we do more than manage inmates, we care for people. CoreCivic is currently seeking Lic... View job
Travel/Contract LPN/Dialysis job in Albany, Georgia with Renal Reserve
13 WEEKS! Travel dialysis RN's! You'll rock this assignment at a dialysis clinic. Call 855-674-5458, x1 today! View job
Permanent LPN/Hospice job in PLEASANT HILL, California with Hospice of the East Bay
The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) provides direct nursing and related assistance to patients and families in our care. With general direct... View job
Per Diem LPN/Home Care job in Haverhill, Massachusetts with New England Home Health Services, Inc.
Currently looking for RN's and LPN's to join our team of nurses. If you prefer one to one direct patient care, then home care is for you. We... 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.