Licensed Practical Nurse
What Does a Licensed Practical Nurse Do?
Under the supervision of registered nurses and doctors, LPNs attend to the comfort and well-being of the sick, injured, and disabled in the nation’s hospitals, nursing homes, convalescent centers and home health agencies. Specific tasks include:
- Taking and recording temperature, blood pressure, pulse, weight and height;
- Dressing wounds;
- Feeding patients;
- Cleaning and moving patients;
- Administering prescribed medication when authorized;
- Observing patients and reporting changes in their condition;
- Teaching patients good health habits;
- Sterilizing equipment;
- Giving enemas and catheterizations;
- Keeping patient charts;
- Knowledge of basic computer applications.
How Do I Become a Licensed Practical Nurse?
LPNs must complete a state-approved practical nursing program and pass a national written exam to obtain their license. Training programs usually take a year and require a high school diploma for admission.