Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.3% (as fast as the average)


What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Other Job Titles Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses May Have

Charge Nurse, Clinic Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Pediatric LPN (Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Licensed Practitioner Nurse ,

South Suburban Hospital

Montering basic patient health, for example, vital signs, and overall condition. Changing dressing, inserting catheters. Taking patients' health histories and maintaining their documentation. Assisting with tests and procedures. Providing personal care, for example, bathing and dressing. Consulting with RN’s on care plans.

Mastered Prepared Nurse ,

Intrinsic High School

On a typical day I am treating and helping students that need my help at Intrinsic, where I work. I get up and am motivated to do my job every day with no complaints because this is what I love to do.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.

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