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Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

Also called: Charge Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Office Nurse

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What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.


  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Personal digital assistants PDA medical software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Categorization or classification software
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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