A primary duty of an LPN is to ensure that patients are clean and comfortable and their needs, both physical and emotional, are met. LPNs take care of people who are sick, injured, or disabled and many time they provide emotional comfort by simply talking with the patient.
Licensed practical nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse, or a physician.LPNs are responsible for many general duties of nursing, such as:
-planning, practice, and evaluation of a patient’s nursing care
-taking and recording patients’ vital signs: temperature, respiration, pulse, and blood pressure.
-administering prescribed drugs and medical treatments to patients-preparing and giving medicine to patients, which include pills or injections
-observing patients. They tell doctors and RNs how patients react to medications or treatment
-assisting in the preparation of medical examination and surgery
-collecting patient samples such as blood and urine for testing. Some LPNs perform simple lab test themselves
-recording what they do on each patient’s chart- information about a patient, including previous exams, illness and treatment
-changing patients’ bandages and applying ice packs to injuries