Licensed Practical Nurse Overview: Quick Facts

If you think you have what it takes to become an LPN or LVN, see if your personality fits the role.

What Does a Licensed Practical Nurse Do?

  • Compile patient health information
  • Take vital signs
  • Administer medication and monitor frequency and amounts
  • Provide personal hygiene assistance to patients
  • Take blood pressure and conduct other basic care treatments
  • Supervise nursing assistants and aides
  • Set up, clean and use catheters, oxygen suppliers and other equipment
  • Provide care and feeding to infants

The nursing shortage is certainly not good news for patients, but it does mean those looking to dive into the health care field are in luck. Nursing jobs are in demand and the quickest way to get going is to enroll in a program to help you become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs), also known as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVNs) in some states. If you've got a compassionate demeanor and a good tolerance for stress, a job as an LPN/LVN could be right for you. Learn which personal and professional traits you’ll need to succeed as a licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse.

You are... You should have...
Compassionate Excellent communication skills
An excellent listener High stress tolerance
Supportive A strong stomach
Organized Excellent attention to detail
Physically fit Good time management skills
Good-natured Ability to be part of a team
Dependable Good ethical standards
  Problem-solving skills

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