By Lanee’ Blunt
A licensed practical nurse must complete an accredited state approved training program. You are required to have a high school diploma or GED and present your official transcript to the school you will be attending. Most training programs can be completed in one year at a community college or technical school. After successfully passing the LPN program you must take and pass the state administered nursing examination (NCLEX-PN).
Responsibilities of a LPN
The LPN provides a variety of nursing duties, functions and tasks under supervision of a registered nurse and doctors. They administer sterile dressings, soaks, enemas, take and record temperature and blood pressure, tube feedings, and oxygen therapy. Other duties include diabetic care, pre-and post-operative care, catheterization and range of motion therapy. Administers medications to their patients orally, intra-muscularly, or subcutaneously and monitors the effects that the medications may have on patients by recording the medication given and the patient’s reaction.
They may provide personal care to their patients such as oral hygiene, bathing, combing hair, nail care, shaving, diapering and dressing patients. LPNs also provide bed care, for example re-positioning, ambulating and moving them to and from their wheelchair. They assist bedridden patients by attending to their bathroom need, helping with personal hygiene by bathing, dressing, and treating bedsores.
Some of the job positions require that they work any day of the week and any shift. A LPN must work some holidays because medical care has to go on all hours. They sometimes are required to work long shifts more than 8 hours. Licensed practical nurses work in nursing homes, hospitals, home health care services, state mental health facilities, veterans’ hospitals, correctional facilities and doctor’s offices.
Hospitals and nursing homes hire LPNs to work all shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays. Employment for them is in demand and is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job outlook is expected to increase because of the aging US population and the need for healthcare. There will be increased employment of LPNs and LVNs in hospitals, physician’s offices, and other facilities. The median annual salary is $40,380. According to Payscale.com the hourly wage of a LPN is $13.47 to $23.22 this also depends on how much experience they have. They may earn $20,532 to $50,620 a year.
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