Career Awareness

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

 

 Daily Tasks

Provides nursing care to assigned patients under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse (RN) or other assigned supervisor and accepts delegation from the RN/assigned supervisor in meeting the needs of the patient/family.  The LPN:

  • Collects data through observation and communicates information to assist the RN and/or provider in patient assessment and care planning.
  • Participates as a member of the health care team and accepts delegation.
  • Delivers care in accordance with the patient care plan, policies and procedures of the organization and principles of relationship-based care.
  • Possesses excellent communication skills; is skillful in mentoring and teaching and participates on committees or projects. 
 
 Skills/Talents
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • A caring attitude and respect towards people and diversity
  • Honesty, personal responsibility and sound judgment
  • Adapt to unpredictable situations within the work setting
 
 Work Setting
Direct patient care within a patient care facility
 
 Work Hours
Work flexible hours which may include days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and on-call
 
 Education

Minimum Education and/Experiences Required:

  • Graduate of a school of practical nursing. If graduation did not occur within the last two years, one year of LPN experience working in an applicable setting is required.
 
 Qualifications
Candidates must:

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Computer skills required, prior experience with electronic medical record systems preferred
  • Passed LPN Boards after a defined period in a professional nursing program
  • Current LPN licence by applicable state requirements
  • Maintains BLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) competency
  • Additional specialty certification/training as required by the work area
 
 Recommended High School Classes

College prep, health care sciences, keyboarding, anatomy/physiology, biology, psychology, second language, computer applications, medical terminology, sociology, communications