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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Also Known as: Clinic Nurse, Floor Nurse, Direct Care Nurse

In-Demand Job

Average Earnings Over Time

$16/hr

$24/hr

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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.

Top Skills for this Job

  • Service Orientation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Top Tasks for this Job

  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
  • 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.
  • Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
  • Record food and fluid intake and output.
  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
  • Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
  • Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
  • Prepare patients for examinations, tests, or treatments and explain procedures.
  • Apply compresses, ice bags, or hot water bottles.

Top Education for this Job

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Mathematics
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Public Safety and Security

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