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The Basic Job Duties of an LPN

July 13 2016, 03:00am

Posted by Denise

The Basic Job Duties of an LPN

Are you interested in a career that’s constantly changing and on the cutting edge of healthcare? If so, then you may be interested in a career as an LPN, which stands for Licensed Practical Nurse. This profession, also referred to as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, are at the front line when it comes to caring for patients in a wide variety of medical settings. Although the specific job duties of an LPN vary based upon your state and employer, there are several basic job duties that are universal across this profession.

Basic LPN Job Duties and Responsibilities

As mentioned earlier, the scope of practice allowable by law is vastly determined by the statutes set forth by your state. Because this is a licensed profession, there are strict rules regarding what an LPN can and cannot do. Although job duties can vary, the following are considered universal within this career field. For a more detailed overview of lawful job duties, visit this page and check with your state board of nursing for the latest in the LPN industry.

Medications: As an LPN, you’ll be charged with the duty of administering oral and IV (intravenous) medications to patients.

Record Keeping: Unlike other nurses, such as a CNA, an LPN is charged with the duty of archiving patient health and statistics by updating his or her medical record.

Vital Signs: You’ll be responsible for regularly checking patient vital signs before, during and after treatments.

Clean/Change Wound Care: As an LPN, you’ll be responsible for changing wound dressings, or bandages, regularly to ensure swift and healthy patient healing.

Collect Specimens: When ordered by a physician or registered nurse, an LPN is charged with the task of collecting urine, blood and other specimens for lab tests.

Respiratory Care: For patients who are on a ventilator or tracheostomy tube, LPNs are responsible for tending to and caring for these patients.

Nasogastric Tubes: Should a patient be unable to eat, an LPN is typically responsible for inserting and caring for patients with nasogastric tubing. This also involves feeding patients through these specially designed feeding tubes.

Monitor Patient: After reviewing a patient care plan, an LPN is responsible for continually monitoring and checking the progress of patients in a clinical setting.

Contact Medical Professionals: During checkups on a patient, it is the responsibility of an LPN to contact a registered nurse or a physician should the patient demonstrate negative responses to treatments or to their illness. Because the swift response of an LPN can mean the difference between health and a prolonged hospital stay, this is among the most important job duty of an LPN.

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Working as an LPN in a Hospital Setting

July 8 2016, 02:18am

Posted by Denise

Working as an LPN in a Hospital Setting

Although millions are familiar with the term licensed practical nurse few truly understand the importance and value these professionals add to the entire medical process. The data at GoLPNOnline suggests professionals can work in a wide array of medical facilities; however, the research indicated that one of the most desired line of employment is in a hospital setting.

It’s important to note that while specific job duties and responsibilities are very much dependent on the state in which the LPN is employed by. This being noted, the work settings within a hospital are significantly similar throughout the United States.

Work Life in a Hospital Setting

When compared to other LPN employers, such as private medical practices, a hospital setting is by far one of the most dynamic and demanding. These medical facilities are staffed day and night and feature both minor injuries and life-threatening traumas. It’s not uncommon to find an LPN working with acutely ill patients as well as those who have just undergone major surgery.

While the exact work conditions will vary and the scope of your practice can be slightly different based upon where you live, LPNs universally report to a Registered Nurse, or RN. While working under the supervision of an RN, a Licensed Practical Nurse cares for patients by performing a wide range of duties, such as administering medication, checking/recording vital signs as well as updating medical charts.

Hospital Specializations

Much like other medical professionals, an LPN can specialize in a wide array of medical departments. The availability of specialization is based upon not only the hospital in which you’re employed, but also the level of your training/experience. The following is a sample of different work settings you can find yourself in while working at a hospital:

Pediatric Unit: This specialization deals with patients who are under the age of 18.

Oncology: An LPN employed within an oncology unit are dealing with cancer patients. These specialized nurses administer chemotherapy and assist with a wide array of procedures.

Trauma ICU: This demanding specialization works directly with severely injured trauma patients. For example, a patient who has been involved in an automobile accident or a severe slip-and-fall injury. Generally, these patients feature multiple injuries that require immediate and thorough assistance.

Emergency Room: Unlike the ICU, which tends to critically injured patients, an emergency room LPN cares for patients who suddenly find themselves in need of medical attention, such as a quickly worsening illness or an accident. This level of medical care works to stabilize patients before transferring them to a specific unit, such as the Trauma ICU.

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Learn more at: http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/content/download/565/2319/file/Requirements%20for%20registration%20as%20a%20registered%20nurse%20-%20Information%20for%20Students.pdf

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Working as an LPN in a Rehabilitation Center

July 6 2016, 02:56am

Posted by Denise

Working as an LPN in a Rehabilitation Center

If you are interested in a career as a licensed practical nurse, or an LPN, then you may be wondering where all you may find yourself employed. Unlike other medical professions, a career as an LPN is dynamic as it is found in a wide array of medical facilities. Perhaps one of the fastest growing employers within this industry is at a rehabilitation center.

In case you’re not sure, rehabilitation LPNs provide detailed care to patients who feature physical disabilities. These disabilities may be chronic or acute. The primary goal of an LPN within this specialty is to assist patients regain, as well as maintain, physical functionality. While there are many ways an aspiring LPN can enter this specific workforce, your primary area of study and specialization should be with the elderly as the bulk of your patients will be advanced in age.

As a rehabilitative LPN, your daily responsibilities will vary based upon the state in which you work in. Considering this, there are several universal job functions these professionals regularly face.

When you work in this career, the core of your job duties are client-specific. Because there is a wide array of clients with unique situations, you’ll work directly with a physician to coordinate activities, therapies and treatments that best suit the specific needs of a patient. Along with creating a patient care plan, you’ll be responsible for other duties such as, checking vital signs, recording progress, charting patient progress, administering medications and attending to wounds.

Perhaps one of the most important elements of working as a rehabilitative nurse is clear and concise communication. It’s of utmost importance to ensure the patient and all caregivers are on the same page. Therefore, teamwork is the heart and soul within this field. Not only must you be able to clearly communicate with the entire medical team, but you must also be capable of clearly communicating directly with the patient and their family regarding their care and treatment.

Unlike other specialties, there typically isn’t any unique training requirements to work as a rehabilitative LPN. Once you’ve completed your standard LPN training, you’ll be outfitted with the necessary skills and abilities to effectively care for rehab patients. Of course, you can get a leg-up on the competition by completing continuing education courses within this subject matter.

As a rehabilitative LPN, you can work in a wide array of settings, such as hospitals, clinics and even directly in the patient’s home. It’s important to communicate with your desired workplace to ensure they don’t have specific training or experience requirements.

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