Practical Nurse
Nursing has been an age-old profession of help and care since early
centuries and has always been needed regardless of country or location.
Today’s nursing involves professional training and licensing to ensure proper
care is provided in all situations by professional nurses. One of these
medical career paths involves the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or
Practical Nurse.
What is a Practical Nurse?
An LVN or licensed practical nurse (LPN) goes through a professional nurse-
training program that is designed to be educated on a fast track which
ensures first practice within a year of beginning the career direction.
Practical nursing involves providing support and health care for sick patients,
injured persons and those elderly or disabled who need additional personal
care that has to be provided by a licensed nurse or doctor.
The care provided by practical nursing depends very much on the cases involved. Aside from the
general bedside care, practical nursing is involved in regular measurement of vital criteria that measure
on- the-spot patient status. This kind of nursing also engages in basic treatment procedures such as
giving shots, wound preparation, and attachment of catheters and such. Additionally, practical nursing
is involved patient concerns such as comfort, cleaning, movement, meals, and support when rising and
laying down.
Finally, licensed nurses are frequently assigned to a supervisor’s role over assistants and nurse interns
and similar, to guide them in training.
All of practical nursing operates generally under the management of doctors on staff and nurse
management in the form of registered nurses (RNs). More advanced practical nursing work involves
processing and tracking of biological tests. Further these nurses are also involved in the maintenance
and sanitizing of specialized medical equipment and the specialized care of newborn infants in what is
referred to as hospital NIC units (newborn infant care).
Practical nursing also involves the regular watching and tracking of medication use by patients or
reactions to treatments provided as part of a regimen. This task begins with the development of a
patient record and history, the collection of all necessary financial forms and authorizations and
previous medical directions, and the dissemination of the patient report with other nurses and doctors
involved. Finally, practical nursing provides the information link to family members and close friends so
they understand a patient’s condition and their involvement in the related care.
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