Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


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Position Description

Common Duties

Many tasks are performed regardless of the job environment. The LPN will usually be the first medical professional to work with a patient. Recording the patient’s history is one of the first duties. Other jobs the LPN performs include:
◾Giving medication as prescribed by a physician
◾Taking vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, and weight
◾Basic wound care including cleaning and bandaging injured areas
◾Giving injections of medication
◾Taking medical histories
◾Entering information into computer systems

Job-Specific Duties

In addition to the standard duties of the LPN there are some that are specific to certain job settings. When dealing with ill or injured patients in a hospital, the duties often are:
◾Managing IVs
◾Ensuring patients and their families understand release instructions
◾Supervising CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants)
◾Monitoring fluid and food intake and output
◾Moving patients safely