Licensed vocational nurses, or LVNs, are a vital part of the healthcare team. You may also have heard of licensed practical nurses or LPNs. It is important to note that the terms can be used interchangeably.
In Texas and California, the term LVN is used, and in the rest of the United States, the term LPN is more common.
However, while the names are synonymous with each other, it is important to note that the roles may vary by state. So, while this article covers what a day in the life for many LVNs may look like, understand that the scope of the role may vary by state.
Where LVNs Work
Cleveland Clinic explains that LVNs or LPNs can work in a variety of clinical settings. These settings include, but are not limited to:
- Nursing homes
- Long-term care facilities
- Home health care
- Outpatient clinics
The day and type of work performed may vary depending on where the LVN works.
Common LVN Tasks in a Day
As vital members of the healthcare team, LVNs perform several tasks to help take care of their patients. For example, they may assist with:
- Collecting vital signs
- Administering medications
- Helping patients with tasks of daily living (i.e. oral care, bathing, ambulating, and dressing)
- Communicating patient needs to fellow members of the medical team
- Updating the family on a patient’s condition
- Recording patient information in the medical chart
Some of these tasks will vary depending on the type of facility the LPN or LVN works in and also the rules and regulations of the state. For example, an LVN working in an outpatient pediatric clinic will likely collect vital signs, assist with preparing the patient and room for exams and procedures, and administer regular immunizations.
In contrast, an LPN in a hospital may work alongside a registered nurse to provide higher-acuity patient care. Cleveland Clinic explains how in some states, LPNs can start IVs or administer IV medications. In other states, an LPN or LVN may not be able to perform this task, and it would fall under the responsibility of the RN.
Regardless of the specific location or tasks performed, LVNs and LPNs play an important role in providing direct, quality patient care.
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