Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Common job titles of Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
43.43% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
34.98% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
Prepare patients for examinations, tests, or treatments and explain procedures.
Record food and fluid intake and output.
Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms.
Provide medical treatment or personal care to patients in private home settings, such as cooking, keeping rooms orderly, seeing that patients are comfortable and in good spirits, or instructing family members in simple nursing tasks.
Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments.
Make appointments, keep records, or perform other clerical duties in doctors' offices or clinics.
Prepare or examine food trays for conformance to prescribed diet.
Clean rooms and make beds.
Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
Apply compresses, ice bags, or hot water bottles.
Wash and dress bodies of deceased persons.
Assist in delivery, care, or feeding of infants.
Vented intravenous IV catheter tubing
Urinary cathetersAll Tools
Ultrasonic Doppler equipment
Ultrasonic cardiac output monitors
Tuberculin TB skin test equipment
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Through-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
Suture removal kits
Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
Saturation of oxygen SaO2 monitors
Safety infusion systems
Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment
Personal computer PC-based spirometers
Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
Open infusion systems
Non-vented intravenous IV catheter tubing
Non-invasive cardio respiratory monitors
Non-invasive cardiac output monitors
Needleless intravenous IV withdrawal equipment
Needleless intraveneous IV sets
Mercury blood pressure measuring equipment
Intubation suctioning kits
Intravenous IV needles
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus
Intermittent infusion sets
Halo traction equipment
Gastric suction equipment
Flexible nasogastric tubes
Filtered intravenous IV catheter tubing
Fabric body holders
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Electronic compressor nebulizers
Electronic blood pressure units
Electrocardiography EKG units
Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
Compressor tabletop nebulizers
Closed infusion systems
Blood transfusion drip regulators
Bag infusion systems
Automated external defibrillators AED
Air fluidized beds
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Diagnostic and procedural coding software
Electronic medical record EMR software
Infusion management software
Inventory tracking software
Medical procedure coding softwareAll Technologies
Prescription processing software
Telephone triage software
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.