After completing the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program and attaining the LVN license, very promising employment opportunities await 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
- Prepare and give medication by mouth
- Monitor and perform placement of catheters
- Care for and dress wounds
- Measure and record patients' vital signs such as weight, height, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate
- Collect samples for testing and perform blood sugar checks
- Record food and fluid intake and fluid output
Additionally, LVNs assist clients with bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, moving in bed, standing, eating and walking. LVNs also monitor their patients and report changes in condition and adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They gather information about clients’ health history and how they are currently feeling. The LVN then shares information with registered nurses and doctors in order to help determine the best course of care for a client.