Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses – GNO, Inc. Career Guide
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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

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Minimum Education Level: Post-Secondary Non-Degree Award
Percent of Total Jobs in Industry: 0.87%
Employed in Industry Group: 5466
Change (Over 10 Years): 434

Job Description

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS:

  • Compassion: Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve.
  • Detail-oriented: LPNs and LVNs need to be responsible and detail oriented, because they must make sure that patients get the correct care at the right time.
  • Interpersonal skills: Interacting with patients and other healthcare providers is a big part of their jobs, so LPNs and LVNs need good interpersonal skills.
  • Patience: Dealing with sick and injured people may be stressful. LPNs and LVNs should be patient, so they can cope with any stress that stems from providing care to these patients.
  • Physical stamina: LPNs and LVNs should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for a long time.
  • Speaking skills: It is important that LPNs and LVNs communicate effectively. For example, they may need to relay information about a patient’s current condition to a registered nurse.

TRAINING:

LPNs and LVNs must complete an approved educational program. These programs award a certificate or diploma and typically take about 1 year to complete, but may take longer. They are commonly found in technical schools and community colleges, although some programs may be available in high schools or hospitals.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?

  • You’re interested in medicine and healthcare.
  • You like helping people.
  • You like hands-on work.

WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?