Licensed Practical Nurses...

...provide to individuals and groups nursing care requiring the application of basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, social, and nursing sciences at the direction of a licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, or registered nurse.

Responsibilities include administering medications and treatments such as:

  • Taking vital signs, i.e., temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration
  • Treating bed sores and other wounds
  • Preparing and giving injections, oral medications, and IV therapy
  • Applying dressings
  • Inserting catheters
  • Caring for tracheostomies

They also help patients with bathing and personal hygiene, keep them comfortable, and care for their emotional needs. LPNs practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient settings, home care, and occupational health.

 
 
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