In the Air Force:
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN); Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist; Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician; Clinical Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care; Surgical Service; Surgical Service Craftsman, Orthopedics; Surgical Service Helper, Urology
In the Army:
Army Public Health Nurse; Combat Medic Specialist; Emergency Nursing; Generalist Nurse; Medical Surgical Nurse; Nurse Anesthetist; Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nurse; Orthopedic Specialist; Practical Nursing Specialist; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner
With equal parts compassion and competence, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses, or LPNs and LVNs, play a crucial role in providing patient care. LPNs and LVNs help patients in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, working under the direction of doctors and registered nurses, or RNs. LPNs and LVNs check patients’ vital signs, change dressings, and provide other types of basic patient care. They also help patients bathe and dress when needed. Record keeping is an important aspect of the job, as is communicating patients’ concerns and questions to doctors and RNs. The exact duties of LPNs and LVNs vary by state, but their role on the front line of patient care doesn’t. Practical nursing takes patience and stamina. Attention to detail is essential in this career, as is being observant and communicating clearly. Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses work in nursing homes, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and in home healthcare. Becoming an LPN or LVN starts with completing a state-approved program, which usually lasts about 1 year. Licensure is required in all states.
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.
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
medicine and dentistry
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
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
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
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
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Medical condition coding software
Video conferencing software
Electronic mail software
some college or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.