Licensed Practical Nurse
A License Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the direction of doctors and registered nurses. They perform many basic tasks that registered nurses perform to care for patients. For example, they give patients medicine and keep their records and may also provide emotional and physical support. LPNs who work in hospitals treat patients directly, but at a basic level and can give patients medications and injections under a doctor orders. LPNs observe patients and report any changes in their health. They record the changes they notice while they bathe, dress and feed patients.
In addition to hospitals, LPNs work in clinics, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.
To be a LPN, you should like helping and caring for others. Nursing requires a great deal of patience, self-control and empathy.
- Provide medical treatment to patients, such as bandaging wounds or giving medications
- Measure and record patients’ vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressures, pulse or respiration
- Assemble and use tracheotomy tubes, catheters, and other equipment
- Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care and implement interventions
- Monitor patients’ conditions and report any changes
- Collect samples and perform routine lab tests
- Record food and fluid intake and output
- Supervise nursing assistants and aides
- Answer patient calls and determine how to assist them
- Help patients bathe, dress, eat, or walk
Skills and Abilities Needed to Perform Job:
- Medicine – Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities.
- Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.
- Psychology – Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality, and interests.
- Therapy and Counseling – Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions and for career counseling and guidance.
- Knowledge and use of medical software (Epic, MEDITECH, PointClickCare, Telephone triage.
- Knowledge and use of Microsoft software programs (Power Point, Excel, Word and Office).
- Knowledge and use of Diagnostic and procedural coding software
- Oral Comprehension – Ability to listen to and understand information presented through spoken words.
- Oral Expression – Ability to communicate information in speaking so that others will understand.
- Written Comprehension – Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Problem Sensitivity –Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
- Speech Clarity – Ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition – Ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Information Ordering – Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.
Desired Work Style Attributes:
- Attention to details
- Dependability – Reliable and responsible
- Integrity – Honest and ethical
- Self-Control – Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check
- Stress Tolerance – Accepting criticism and dealing calmly in stressful situations
- Concern for Others – Sensitive to needs of others
- Cooperation – Pleasant with others
- Adaptability/Flexibility – Open to Change (positive or negative)
- Initiative – Willingness to assume responsibilities and challenges
- Social Orientation – Preferring to work with others rather than alone
- Analytical Thinking – Analyzing a variety of information to solve problems