Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

Licensed Nurse (LPN)

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (LPNs and LVNs) provide basic health care services under the direction of physicians and registered nurses
Licensed Nurse (LPN)
Are you a compassionate person? Ever helped care for a sick friend or family member? Learn how to do it professionally to make a big difference in people's lives every day.
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Make a difference in people's lives every day, Work as part of a team, Learn a skill that will allow you to live and work anywhere in the world! Educate patients on their health.

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Charge Nurse, Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (Clinic LPN), Clinic Nurse, Home Health Licensed Practical Nurse (Home Health LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Office Nurse, Pediatric LPN (Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse), Private Duty Nurse, Radiation Oncology Nurse, Triage LPN (Triage Licensed Practical Nurse

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Charge Nurse, Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (Clinic LPN), Clinic Nurse, Home Health Licensed Practical Nurse (Home Health LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Office Nurse, Pediatric LPN (Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse), Private Duty Nurse, Radiation Oncology Nurse, Triage LPN (Triage Licensed Practical Nurse
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Your Typical Day:

  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
  • Record food and fluid intake and output.
  • Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 75/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 73/100

  • Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 68/100

  • Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. 67/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 58/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 55/100

  • 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. 53/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 51/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 49/100

  • Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 49/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Spirometers
  • Nebulizers
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Intravenous or arterial infusion bags or containers
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices
  • Patient care beds for specialty care
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Restraint vests and jackets
  • Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units
  • Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
  • Medical or surgical suction or vacuum appliances
  • Head or neck traction supplies
  • Extremity restraints
  • Surgical drains or drain sets
  • Peripherally inserted central catheters PICC
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapter or connector
  • Respiratory monitoring kits
  • Restraint straps or buckles or supplies
  • Dispensing pins or needles
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
  • Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
  • Needleless intravenous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
  • Patient lifts
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices
  • Pulse oximeter units
  • Dial calibrated intravenous flowmeters or regulators
  • Patient shifting boards
  • Tuberculin syringes
  • Ostomy appliances
  • Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
  • Blood transfusion filters or screens
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echocardiograph or echocardiograph units for general diagnostic use
  • Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors
  • Hemodialysis units
  • Medical acoustic stethoscopes
  • Continuous passive motion CPM devices
  • Mercury blood pressure units
  • Knee therapeutic brace or support
  • Cervical collars or neck braces
  • Enema kits
  • Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps
  • Leg traction supplies
  • Tracheostomy tubes
  • Medical oxygen tubing or connectors
  • Urinary catheterization kits
  • Hematology analyzers
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes
  • Walkers or rollators
  • Full body restraints
  • Clinical trapeze bars
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
  • Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets
  • Analgesic infusion sets or kits
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
  • Winged infusion needle set
  • Medical syringes without needle
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products
  • Capillary or hematocrit tubes
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitters or telemetry devices
  • Wheelchairs
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Canes
  • Apnea monitors
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Lancets
  • Crutches
  • Abdominal binders
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Notebook computers
  • Tourniquets
  • Desktop computers
  • Walking braces
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
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