A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works with doctors and registered nurses to care for patients and monitor treatments. LPNs can work with patients in many settings including nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes.
- Monitor patients’ health. For example: checking blood pressure
- Administer basic patient care. For example: changing bandages and inserting catheters
- Provide for patients’ basic comfort. For example: helping them bathe or get dressed
- Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
- Report patients’ status and concerns to Registered Nurses (RNs) and doctors
- Keep records on patients’ health
Depending on the state where they work, LPNs may or may not be allowed to perform certain tasks such as giving or starting intravenous (IV) drips. They also may or may not be directly supervised by an RN or experienced LPN.