Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs)/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVNs)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Nursing is a dynamic interpersonal goal-directed process that seeks to promote optimal health within the context of individuals, family, community, and society.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses or LPNs, MUST work under the direction of a Physician or a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • They are trained to administer prescribed medications, draw blood and other fluids, and care for injuries or surgical incisions under the supervision of either a Physician or RN.
  • Their responsibilities can include developing care plans and providing personal care such as dressing, bathing or feeding patients.
  • LPNs may work in a variety of settings, including, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private homes, or institutions.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • LPNs say that helping people is an important aspect of their job.
  • Some LPNs say that they are asked to do work that should be done by Registered Nurses.

 

Getting Started

Career Outlook