Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses

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.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 38,150
Employment Projected: 41,680
Percentage Change: 9.3%

Education/Training

Training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN)
  • Clinic Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinic Nurse (LPN, Clinic Nurse)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Office Nurse
  • Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN)
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN)

Duties

  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
  • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.

Skills

  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $35,210
Average: $45,810
Experienced: $51,120