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.