The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is required basically to take care of sick, injured or the disabled patients under the supervision of the Registered Nurses or a physician. The job responsibility includes taking important signs like blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiration. These nurses collect samples for testing; perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. Some LPNs help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LPNs may get to supervise nursing assistants and aides.
The Licensed Practical should have good time management and problem solving skills. The communication skills, multitasking and to be able to work under stress should be the added advantages. The LPNs can be asked to work any time in 24 hours. They may find themselves working part time, or full time or in the evenings, on holidays etc.
As an aspirant if you think that this is the job of your dreams you should start training as a licensed practical nurse from contacting any related school in your area.
The training includes the following aspects
- The practical training program for a Licensed practical nurse takes at least 1 year and is provided by any vocational or any technical school. It is mandatory to get the license to become a LPN.
- The NCLEX-PN, i.e. National council Licensure Examination I is to be given to get the license for a Licensed Practical Nurse. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers and develops this exam. This is a computer based exam and has different length.
- In the classroom studies, the basic concepts and subjects related to medical surgical nursing, paediatrics, obstetrics nursing, patient care, physiology, nutrition, pharmalogy and first aid, are covered. The clinical practice takes place usually in hospitals but can be in some other facility too.