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What IS a Nurse? Part II: LPN

Posted by Sean RN on November 7, 2007

So we have reviewed nursing, and the nursing assistant. Now we’ll talk about the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN or  LVN – Licensed Vocational Nurse)

The LPN is a licensed healthcare professional. An individual interested in being an LPN must enroll in a state approved practical nursing program, then successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensing examination before they can use the initials LPN after their name.

Most practical nursing programs can vary in length and vary in their curriculum. The average program can last 1 yr. During this program you have classroom instruction and supervise clinical participation (patient care). These programs can be offered by a variety of facilities. I can’t rightfully say if hospital’s sponsor these type of programs, but most vocational schools offer them.

LPN’s responsibilities include all duties of the CNA as well as medication administration including injections, wound care and wound dressings,insert urinary catheters and enemas, as well as other responsibilities. LPN’s duties do vary from state to state. Some states will allow some duties, like administering IV medications, while other states will not. Please research and look up your specific states nursing practice acts for more information.

I don’t need to elaborate on an LPN’s duties because it encompasses everything a CNA is responsible for and more.

LPN’s are equally as crucial in the nursing profession. Their skills are top-of-the-line when it comes to venipunctures and medication injections. They also can be the best listeners and best observers in a patient’s progress to recovery.

Here are some links of interest for LPN:

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm

http://www.allnursingschools.com/faqs/lpn.php

 

Stay tuned for the next installment in my What IS a Nurse? Part III: RN

As always take care of yourself and yours.

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