Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for sick, injured, convalescing and disabled patients under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.
Most LPNs provide basic bedside care. They measure and record vital signs such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
They assist physicians with treatments and exams, administer medications, dress wounds, and also assist in convalescence and rehabilitation.
Duties can include helping patients eat; assisting them with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene; helping patients move, stand and walk; keeping patients comfortable; and caring for their emotional needs.
LPNs also monitor their patient’s progress and report any adverse reactions, gather information regarding health history, and teach patients and/or family members how to provide ongoing care. The LPN reports all information to the RNs or physicians to help determine the best course of care.
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