Licensed Practical Nurses
On the Job
Licensed Practical Nurses provide nursing care in a variety of settings, especially long-term care facilities. They monitor patients and maintain records. They work under the direction of registered nurses or doctors. This career requires a license.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Administer intravenous medications.
- Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
- Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
- Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Working with a group or team.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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