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Licensed Practical/ Vocational Nurse

HEALTHCARE

Description

A licensed practical/vocational nurse works closely with patients and nursing staff to apply patient care plans, clean wounds, and change bandages. They also assist with lifestyle tasks like bathing, dressing, feeding, and monitoring vital signs.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Providing basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperature or blood pressure, under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • Observing patients, charting and reporting changes in their conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action
  • Administering prescribed medications to patients, and noting times and amounts on patients’ charts

Career Options

Career Options

Most program graduates work with doctors and registered nurses to perform important healthcare tasks, such as measuring vital signs and observing patients. Licensed practical/vocational nurses usually work full time in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, or extended care facilities.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Licensed Practical/ Vocational Nurse Numbers to Know

$44K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

4

Number of centers offering training in this career

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Quick decision-making skills
Stress tolerance


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