Some people are not sure of what type of nursing to devote themselves to, there are many variations of a nursing career. Each can be a kind of stepping stone to the next one, that eventually reaches up the ladder to a degree in advanced nursing. Also, as one becomes educated in one facet of nursing, they can be working within that field while pursuing a higher degree. It really is a great career to continue in advancements.
One facet of nursing is the career of an LVN or otherwise known as a licensed vocational nurse. In other parts of the country this career is known as a licensed practical nurse or LPN. What is ideal about this vocation is that it does not take years in the educational sector to be able to have a career that one can get involved in and make a difference.
The program, depending on where one obtains their education and training, can take roughly 12 months. Some schools may take longer and others, as in the accelerated programs, a bit shorter. Nonetheless, once one has sat for their licensing examination, they are able to find employment right away. Not too bad, for a small amount of time invested in ones education.
LVN’s are highly employable and very much in demand. The places that one might find employment can be in doctors offices, hospitals, out-patient clinics and nursing facilities. Their job is not limited to these facilities, as in many cases they are even hired as home health nurses providing care to those who cannot leave their homes.
Many of their duties mirror those of a registered nurse, but they are not to be confused as an RN, who has gone to school for 4 years obtaining a bachelors degree and registered nursing license, as most often they take their orders from an RN that is in charge.
The LVN Duties
An LVN provides the basic needs to the patient as in monitoring and recording their vital signs, diet and liquid intake, administering medications,documenting all symptoms and pertinent medical information, taking care of the cleaning and dressing of wounds. They may also assist the patient in their daily bathing routines and helping them in and out of bed. Sometimes they may help a patient with their mealtimes and feeding assistance. For some patients, if they are able, light exercises can help in their recovery and increased mobility. The LVN’s job description can either be limited or quite vast, depending on where they are working.
The bottom line is that the job can be very varied and exciting and anyone who enjoys working with people to better their care and recovery, would certainly benefit from becoming an LVN.