The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is responsible for providing basic medical attention to patients and assessing their wellbeing as part of a larger medical team. His/Her duties include checking vital signs, recording a patient’s medical history and assisting patients with hygiene.
- Assists physicians during rounds of residents’ rooms
- Helps patients bathe and with other daily hygiene activities
- Interviews patients about current problems, medications, and allergies and reviews medical records for pertinent previous and current information.
- Takes patient vital signs, reviews charts, and dispenses medications that physicians prescribe
- Provides routine care for patients.
- Changes dressings and bandages, ensuring patients are healing properly
- Makes patients comfortable
- Performs ongoing assessments of residents’ physical and mental health
- Communicates with patients’ families about condition of the patient and their care
- Facilitates and assists in the coordination of patient referrals.
- Supervises orderlies and nursing assistants, delegating jobs for them to do and ensuring that their tasks are completed successfully and on time
- Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or other related field.
- Completion of state approved training program (generally in the form of a diploma, certificate, or associate degree)
- Must obtain LPN license (pass NCLEX-PN exam)
- LPN educational training and proof of licensure
- Proven work experiences as a Licensed Practical Nurse for more than 3 years
- Must have undertake Basic Life Support training
Skills needed for this role
The Licensed Practical Nurse should be able to take direction and work well in stressful situations. He/She must have great observational skills and empathy for patients while remaining professional. Having strong interpersonal skills so that patients feel comfortable as they care for them is also essential for this role.