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License Practical Nurse (LPN)

COMMON DUTIES:

Many tasks are performed regardless of the job environment. The LPN will usually be the first medical professional to work with a patient. Recording the patient’s history is one of the first duties. He or she can advocate for the patient when working with the RN or doctor in charge. Ability to handle a diverse range of situations and responsibilities is the primary duty of an LPN. Other jobs the LPN performs includes:

    • Giving medication as prescribed by physician
    • Taking vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, and weight
    • Basic wound care including cleaning and bandaging injured areas
    • Giving injections of medication
    • Immunizations
    • Taking medical histories
    • Entering information into computer systems

JOB – SPECIFIC DUTIES:

In addition to the standard duties of the LPN there are some that are specific to certain job settings. When dealing with ill or injured patients in the home health care field. All of these jobs may require the nurse to perform additional tasks including:

  • Assessing patients’ reactions to medications
  • Assessing patients’ mental health
  • Providing emotional support
  • Assisting with daily needs such as bathing and dressing (ADL’s)
  • Observation of patients’ skin for potential bed sores
  • Charting and documentation
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