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A licensed vocational nurse provides basic bedside care to patients. Responsibilities can include monitoring blood pressure, helping patients get dressed and giving massages. They work under doctors and registered nurses. The title of licensed vocational nurse is used only in Texas and California. Elsewhere in the United States, they are called licensed practical nurses.
Some duties of a licensed vocational nurse can include:
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) are usually full-time employees who work 40 hours or more per week. Because LVNs are needed 24/7 in hospital settings, their shifts may include overnight hours, weekends or holidays. LVNs in other healthcare settings may work closer to standard business hours.
Anywhere that cares for people could require licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). This includes nursing homes, hospitals and private care homes. LVN skills are transferrable to other healthcare organizations across the world, from voluntary positions like the Red Cross to hospitals in other countries.
A calm and patient personality is required. Empathy is an important characteristic, as this position requires someone who is able to show patients that they genuinely care about them and their needs. Licensed vocational nurses also need to be alert and ready to deal with a medical emergency in a professional way at a moment's notice. They should also be able to cope with emotional moments that come with the role and be able to continue working even when they are upset.