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Licensed Practical Nurse - Millbury, MA - Full-Time
LPN - Rehab
West Millbury, MA
Permanent
Sunrise Detox

Sunrise Detox

Licensed Practical Nurse Sunrise Detox is a premiere center for drug and alcohol detox. We believe in creating a different experience where our road to recovery is dignified. Our clients reside in comfortable modern, elegantly furnished rooms. We offer individual and group counseling to clients and bring in 12 Step meetings to show clients they... Read More
Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN
LPN - SNF
Oneonta, NY
Permanent
Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network

Do you want to make a difference?  Are you looking to be part of a great team? A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital is a proud affiliate of the Bassett Healthcare Network, you will find a culture that is patient focused and dedicated to making a difference.  Exceptional patient care doesn’t just happen – it takes a TEAM.  We want you to join ours! ALL SHIFT... Read More
LPN/LVN - Ask about incentives!
LPN - Rehab
Sioux Falls, SD
Permanent
Encompass Health

Encompass Health

As a licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse (LPN/LVN), you’ll be the connection between exceptional care and real, positive results. Paired with mentors who encourage you to grow, you’ll be an important part of an interdisciplinary team. This is your chance to get to know your patients and watch them progress due to your efforts with na... Read More
Home Health Agency Seeking Licensed Practical Nurses
LPN - Home Care
Greenville, NC
Permanent
HEALTH-PRO HOMECARE SREVICES, INC

HEALTH-PRO HOMECARE SREVICES, INC

Seeking Licensed Practical Nurses for Home Health Care Agency. We are growing! HEALTH-PRO Homecare Services Inc. is a licensed HCO (Home Care Organization) that provides excellent and quality home care and skilled nurse services. We are currently seeking PRN, part-time and Full-time Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), who will be responsible for pr... Read More
$26/hour
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RN - ER
My City, My State
Travel/Contract

Travel Nursing Agency

Join our team as a Travel RN and enjoy competitive pay while exploring new places! We're seeking a skilled and passionate nurse to provide excellent patient care while working in exciting locations across the country. Earn top compensation in the industry. Apply now to start your adventure as a Travel RN with us!
$5000/week
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Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing

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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