For anyone interested in the nursing profession, here is an LPN job description. An LPN is a Licensed Practical Nurse. There are about three entry levels in nursing, and an LPN practices mainly under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or physician or both. An LPN spends about one year in a vocational school setting at an accredited and state-board approved school in order to take the state board exam for licensure. Pre-requisites are a high school diploma or GED, and some schools have some sort of entrance exam to pass prior to getting accepted, such as the TEAS test. Many study guides are available commercially at bookstores and online for this purpose. In some special circumstances, some states will allow an experienced former military medical technician to challenge the state board exam without having attended an approved nursing school at all.

Included in an LPN job description is that the LPN needs to be physically able to do the job. That means he or she must be able to lift approximately 25 pounds, to bend, squat, and reach. These are just the basic physical requirements of the job

Other duties included in the LPN job description are administering medications correctly to anywhere from 1-50 patients, carefully double and triple checking the medications to ensure that no incorrect medication or incorrect dosage is given, as this can be a serious legal issue. IV medications may be given only according to individual state law.

Another basic duty included in the LPN job description is that of checking and evaluating and monitoring a patient’s vital signs. Vital signs are temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate and respiratory rate. These are checked as often as needed according to the patient’s condition.

An LPN will often collect lab samples, such as blood samples,urine and stool samples as well as wound cultures and tissue samples. An LPN may also assist a physician with a procedure, setting up and assisting. An example of this might be removal of a skin tag or assisting with sutures or suture removal.

Documentation is the most important duty of the LPN. This includes charting on the patient’s chart either in narrative notes or check-charting or both, to document the on-going condition of the patient. Also documented are medications and treatments given and the patient response to medications, either in the medication log or on the narrative notes or both. Any patient teaching will be documented in the patient notes, for example if you taught a patient how to check their own blood sugar. Included will be your notes pertaining to how the patient understood you. Were they able to check their own blood sugar after you taught them? At times, an LPN may even have to schedule labs, or procedures for the patient.

Last but not least, although an LPN is mainly supervised by a Registered Nurse or a physician or both, the LPN may play a supervisory role in the long-term care setting (nursing homes and assisted living facilities) supervising anywhere from 3-8 nursing assistants in the charge-nurse role.

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