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Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

Also called: Charge Nurse, Clinic Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Pediatric LPN (Pediatric Licensed Practical 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:
  • 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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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
Social
  • 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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot Technology
  • Medical condition coding software Hot Technology
Video conferencing software
  • FaceTime
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Exchange Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$48,820
$35,570
$65,520
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