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    LPN- License Practical Nurse

    Permanent LPN/SNF job in MECHANICSBURG, Pennsylvania with Prominent Medical Staffing Inc.

    Job Description The licensed practice nurse (LPN) is responsible for rendering nursing care in assigned area in terms of individualized cli... View job

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    Admissions/Assessment Nurse

    Permanent LPN/Admin job in Cumming, Georgia with Cumming Health and Rehab

    Cumming Health and Rehab is currently looking for an admissions nurse. Position will work M-F 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Candidate can be R... View job

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    LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE- Full Time

    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

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    JOIN OUR TEAM OF NURSES!

    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

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    (LPN) Licensed Practical Nurse

    Permanent LPN/SNF job in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Prominent Medical Staffing Inc.

    The licensed practice nurse (LPN) is responsible for rendering nursing care in assigned area in terms of individualized client needs, accord... 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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