Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide essential hands-on care to patients under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians. LPNs play a crucial role in providing patient care. LPNs check vital signs, change dressings, and help bathe. They can work in nursing homes, hospitals, home healthcare, and doctors’ offices. With constant job openings in various settings, many LPNs choose to stay in that role, but this position can also serve as a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse.
LPNs care for ill or injured persons or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, and similar institutions. On the job, they observe patients, chart and report changes in patient conditions, measure and record patients’ vital signs, and can administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids. LPNs typically work under the supervision of a registered nurse.