After completing the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program and attaining the appropriate licensing, a very promising employment opportunity awaits you! As a working LVN, you will often provide basic bedside care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled.
LVNs are trained to perform and assist with the following procedures:
- Prepare and give injections and enemas
- Monitor and perform placement of catheters
- Dress wounds, and give alcohol rubs and massages
- Measure and record patients' vital signs such as weight, height, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate
- Collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, and record food and fluid intake and output
- Clean and monitor medical equipment
Additionally, to help keep patients comfortable, they assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, moving in bed, standing, eating and walking. LVNs also monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They gather information from patients, including their health history and how they are currently feeling. They may then use this information to complete insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals, and they share information with registered nurses and doctors to help determine the best course of care for a patient.