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Licensed Practical Nurse

Alignstaffing Washington, DC
  • Posted: 1 day ago
  • $19 to $23 Hourly
  • Contractor

The main duties of LPNs are to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care for clients under their jurisdiction. They provide care to patients at a very personal level and have direct contact with patients on a daily basis. LPNs’ scope of practice varies from state to state. States like Texas and Oklahoma allow LPNs to do almost as much as a registered nurse, such as initiating intravenous starts and administering intravenous medications; other states like New York and California have strict limits on LPN duties. However, LPNs are not allowed to assist in surgical procedures nor they can give anesthesia to patients. These tasks are usually reserved for registered nurses or APNs.

In most states, LPNs are required to work under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or another health care practitioner. In rare occasions, an LPN can be the only licensed nurse present in a facility. They are responsible for the supervision of nursing assistants, attendants, and orderlies.

LPNs in all states perform the following job duties:

  • Provide bedside care to patients including personal hygiene maintenance
  • Record the patients’ vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate)
  • Collect patient’s health information
  • Relay information between patients, registered nurses, and physicians
  • Give oral medications and injections to patients (in permitted states)
  • Test a patient’s blood sugar levels
  • Urinary catheter insertion and care
  • Wound care and dressing changes
  • Ostomy site care and maintenance
  • Assist patients with personal hygiene
  • Monitor for changes in patients
  • Proper charting, documentation, and maintenance of patient’s medical records

In addition to the standard duties of the LPN there are some that are specific to certain job settings. When dealing with ill or injured patients in a hospital, the duties often are:

  • Managing IVs
  • Ensuring patients and their families understand release instructions
  • Supervising CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants)
  • Monitoring fluid and food intake and output
  • Moving patients safely

LPNs often work with patients in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. They are also common in the home health care field. These jobs may require the nurse to perform additional tasks including:

  • Assessing patients’ reactions to medications
  • Assessing patients' mental health
  • Providing emotional support
  • Assisting with daily needs such as bathing and dressing
  • Observation of patients' skin for potential bed sores

Medical offices and clinics employ many LPNs. In addition to nursing duties, there are often paperwork responsibilities such as:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Keeping medical records current
  • Billing patients
  • Working with insurance companies
  • Writing prescriptions at a physician's request

The LPN is often the first face a patient sees. He or she can advocate for the patient when working with the RN or doctor in charge. Ability to handle a diverse range of situations and responsibilities is the primary duty of an LPN. Whether working in a traditional hospital or medical setting or on the front lines in home health care, the LPN is a vital member of the health care team.

Alignstaffing

Why Work Here?

Making an impact on the community, while being placed in temp-to-perm job opportunities.

Our Staff... • Create fun and interactive learning experiences while serving as mentors to fellow Teachers. • Are caring, compassionate and love what they do! • Ensure the daily care of every child by following all licensing guidelines and implementing all company standards. • Communicate directly with parents and prospective parents to achieve success for the child. • Maintain a fun and interactive classroom that is clean and organized. • Have countless advancement opportunities through our on-going training and expansive network of centers and brands.

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