Role and responsibilities of a LPN

The role of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), also called as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), is clearly defined in most cases by the licensing authority that has granted a person to act accordingly.

Licensed practical nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse or a doctor and are expected to carry out all the activities related to caring for the patients who are injured, sick, elderly, or incapable of carrying out their normal duties due to disability of some sort of ailment.

The responsibilities of a LPN are more and also require great care and attention. It is the basic responsibility of the LPN to extend bedside care for the patient.

As part of their normal routine duties, a licensed practical nurse has to measure and record the following details of the patient such as:

• Height
• Weight
• Temperature
• Pulse reading
• Blood pressure count, and also
• Respiration.

It is the responsibility of the licensed practical nurse to prepare and administer injection or anesthesia, carry out the massages and/or dressing the wounds and also monitor catheters to assess the health condition of the patient.

Also, the licensed practical nurse need to keep the patients in a comfortable manner and if need be, do the essential activities of bathing the patient and also dressing the patient. It is the responsibility of the LPN to ensure that the patient maintain a better personal hygiene during his or her stay in the hospital. LPNs should also help the patient in moving up in the bed, walking around for a while, or even standing up on his or her toes from the bed. They may be required to even feed the patient in case of disability or inability of the patient to eat on his or her own.

Apart from these duties, it is the responsibility of the LPN to collect samples from the patient such as stool, urine, or blood, and coordinate with the laboratory people in testing the samples. Also they should take periodic recording of the food and fuel provided to the patient and also report developments in the patient’s health to the attending registered nurse or the physician.

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