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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Job Description Sample

With this Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) job description sample, you can get a good idea of what employers are looking for when hiring for this position. Remember though, every employer is different and each will have unique qualifications when they hire for their Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position.

Job Summary

We are seeking a highly skilled, experienced licensed practical nurse (LPN) to join our growing healthcare team. The candidate will care for patients and tend to their general comfort and well-being. A compassionate attitude, coupled with impeccable bedside manner and an ability to work in a fast past environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect, track, and maintain patient history; record any new data
  • Take vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, etc.
  • Administer medication, including some injections if state-certification allows; monitor medication doses and patient response
  • Change bandages, dressings, and feeding tubes as needed; insert and change catheters
  • Assist patients with personal hygiene
  • Help patients who need assistance eating and drinking
  • Collect specimens; deliver them to proper department
  • Set-up intravenous (IV) drip if state-certification allows
  • Supervise nurse assistants and provide with them appropriate tasks
  • Provide emotional support to patients and patients’ families; listen to concerns and feedback
  • Take instruction from and report updates to registered nurse/overseeing physician
  • Report any unusual or drastic changes in patient behavior/symptoms; seek help from superiors when needed
  • Ensure rooms are kept clean and sterile
  • Follow state and federal mandated standards and procedures

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Completed state-approved LPN education program; current LPN license to practice
  • Valid CPR certification
  • Previous clinical and/or healthcare experience
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite; adept at data entry
  • Willing to work long, physically demanding hours
  • Understanding of healthcare state standards and procedures
  • High level of patience, empathy and compassion
  • Excellent observation skills with high attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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