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Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

The single difference between licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNS) is the title. When it comes to daily duties and expectations both careers have the exact same requirements, including passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to work under residential nurses and hospitals. In fact, Texas and California are the only states where the term LVN is used as a title. Anywhere else in the country, one would be considered a LVN. Because the title “licensed vocational nurse” is used significantly more often, we will refer to those who work within this position simply as LVNs.

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Licensed vocational nursing is a great career path for people who are interested in working in healthcare but are not ready to completely jump into the field. Schooling for licensed vocational nurses is generally not as costly as learning to become a residential nurse, nor does it take as much time. In fat, some LVN schools only require 13 months of study! Like many other medical fields, vocational nurses have a strong job outlook, with an expected growth of 16 percent from 2014 to 2024. If you enjoy work as an LVN, you can advance towards a more specialized career, but many people are happy staying where they are.

Daily Responsibilities of a Licensed Vocational Nurse

As mentioned before, a vocational nurse must answer to the residential nurses and doctors they work under. Many of these tasks involve basic medical care, including:

  • Helping patients bathe and dress.
  • Monitoring patients’ health through tasks like checking blood pressure.
  • Changing bandages, inserting catheters, and other fundamental patient care duties.
  • Reporting status and concerns of patients to their doctors and nurses.
  • Listening to patients’ concerns and discussing what care the patients are provided.
  • Keeping and tracking records of a patient’s health.

Depending on the location, an LVN’s duties may broaden or change. For example, some states allow properly trained LVNs to start intravenous (IV) drips or give patients medications. In other states, certain LVN tasks can only be done under the supervision or specific instruction of a registered nurse.

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Like registered nurses, a licensed vocational nurse can expect to have a diverse choice in her work environment. These can include hospitals (private, local, and state), residential care facilities, private physician offices, home services, and government specific positions. Ardor Health helps licensed vocational nurses find their next position through our versatile job listing. As demand increases, your actions can make a difference in another’s life. Learn more about our available openings today through our licensed vocational nurse job listing or call us at (866) 425-5768.