New healthcare models that rest on increasing education for nurses have created a conundrum for licensed practical nurses. The focus on better care for patients suddenly affected the positions of existing and new LPNs in acute care. As early as 2007, leading hospitals have sought to replace their licensed practical nurses with registered nurses. What do the changes mean for someone with interest in licensed practical nursing?
Despite the new trends in hiring, the profession survives. In response to the … Read the rest
A licensed practical nurse helps patients meet their daily physical and medical needs when they’re unable to do so for themselves. Their constantly evolving role changes in response to patients’ needs and the complexities of the health care system. Working under the supervision of a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse administers medication, provides wound care and before and after surgical care, checks and records vital signs, provides emotional, mental, physical and emotional support, performs basic medical procedures, and supervises … Read the rest
Although licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are not certified to manage the wide range of responsibilities of a registered nurse, they are critical members of the patient care team. In some settings, they can administer medications, develop patient care plans, and update patient records under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Other primary responsibilities include serving meals, checking vital signs, cleaning and managing instruments, and changing dressings. Practical nursing programs in colleges and technical and vocational schools and high … Read the rest
The high demand for professionals with a passion for patient care makes nursing one of today’s top profession. The licensed practical nurse is a vital member of the nursing care team who works under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician. In almost every healthcare setting, the LPN provides basic bedside care and support to disabled, ill, convalescent, and injured patients. Practical nursing programs run for approximately 12 months and prepare students for employment in the fast-paced healthcare … Read the rest