Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and license vocational nurses (LVNs) provide direct patient care in a number of ways. They measure vitals signs, dress wounds, assist patients in daily activities such as bathing, and variety of other tasks. While LPNs and LVNs may have a great deal of responsibility in caring for patients, they work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses. Some tasks, such as administering IVs, aren’t allowed in many states by an LPN or LVN.
Students normally take 12 to 18 months to complete an LPN training program. Just like other nursing professions, job growth for licensed practical nurses is expected to increase for many years to come. It is a good career for people who enjoy helping care for others while they require medical attention.