Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Wrist restraints


Wheelchair belts

Walking braces


Vented intravenous IV catheter tubing

Urinary catheters

All Tools

Ultrasonic nebulizers

Ultrasonic Doppler equipment

Ultrasonic cardiac output monitors

Tuberculin TB skin test equipment

Transfer boards

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment

Traction weights

Traction equipment

Tracheotomy tubes


Through-the-needle intravenous IV catheters

Telemetry units

Tablet computers


Suture removal kits

Subcutaneous hypodermic needles

Saturation of oxygen SaO2 monitors

Safety vests

Safety needles

Safety jackets

Safety infusion systems

Safety belts

Rotating bed


Respiration monitors

Pulse oximeters

Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment

Posey vests

Portable nebulizers

Pocket spirometers

Pneumatic boots

Personal computers

Personal computer PC-based spirometers

Pediatric nebulizers

Patient lifters

Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps

Oxygen tubing

Oxygen supplies

Oxygen masks

Oxygen cylinders

Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters

Ostomy equipment

Open infusion systems

Notebook computers

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

Needleless glucometers

Neck braces


Mercury blood pressure measuring equipment

Mechanical stethoscopes

Limb restraints

Lap belts


Knee braces

Jackson-Pratt drains

Intubation suctioning kits

Intravenous IV needles

Intramuscular needles

Intradermal needles

Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus

Intermittent infusion sets

Infusion sets

Infusion pumps

Infusion controllers

Hyper/hypothermia blankets

Hollow needles

Heparin locks

Hemovac drains

Hemoglobinometer machines

Heart monitors

Handheld spirometers

Halo traction equipment


Gastric suction equipment

Gait belts


Flexible nasogastric tubes

Filtered intravenous IV catheter tubing

Fabric body holders

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Enema equipment

Electronic stethoscopes

Electronic compressor nebulizers

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG units

Digital spirometers

Dialysis machines

Desktop computers

Crutchfield tongs


Continuous passive motion CPM equipment

Compressor tabletop nebulizers

Closed infusion systems

Clinical trapezes

Circo-electric beds

Capillary tubes


Butterfly needles

Bucks extensions

Blood transfusion drip regulators

Blood glucometers

Balkan frames

Bag infusion systems

Automated spirometers

Automated external defibrillators AED

Apnea monitors

Ankle restraints

Air fluidized beds

Abdominal binders


Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS

MEDITECH software

Diagnostic and procedural coding software

Electronic medical record EMR software

Infusion management software

Inventory tracking software

Medical procedure coding software

All Technologies

MedicWare EMR


Prescription processing software

Scheduling software

Spreadsheet software

Telephone triage software


Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

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.

Active Learning

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.

Learning Strategies

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

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