LVNs or Licensed Vocational Nurses work under the direction or supervision of a doctor, staff nurses or other medical professionals in giving care to patients. They can work in various settings such as rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and nursing homes. The common work or duty of a licensed vocational nurse is taking vital signs, which includes taking of the temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration and monitoring catheters and IVs. They are also given the task to prepare and deliver injections and medications, changing and applying dressings or treatments, keeping the patients comfortable and performing some basic lab tests.
If one wants or aspires to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse, the requirements may vary from one country to another or by state. In general, a person needs to have a high school diploma and then must complete an accredited training program in a vocational school or in a community college. The training program may take one to two years to complete. The training may include hands on and classroom instructions. The training will teach an aspiring vocational nurse to perform basic care, first aid, CPR, how to properly monitor patients, do medical procedures and perform basic medical tests. At the end of the training program, you will be required to pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam to gain your license as a professional and licensed vocational nurse.
Being a licensed vocational nurse can be tiring and physically demanding that is why it is important for people who wish to become a licensed vocational nurse to be in good shape and physically healthy. An individual who aspires to become a LVN should have the skills necessary in this job. He or should be very keen to little details, good in time management, can perform multitasking, can communicate well and has the ability to analyze data and important information.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the career outlook is good in the nursing field and the employment is expected to increase greatly in this field. As a Licensed Vocational Nurse, you may further your career by entering the RN program or become a registered nurse. It is possible for you to take your bachelors degree or BSN through the LVN to BSN bridge program. You can take part in online nursing programs in order for you to continue your work as a LVN and study during your free time.