How to write a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What Does a Licensed Practical Nurse Do?

A licensed practical nurse works in a medical setting and sees to it that patients are comfortable and well cared for. They will update medical charts and administer medication as prescribed by a licensed physician. Additionally, a licensed practical nurse will answer patient’s questions regarding their medical care and medication.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) job titles

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Managing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Home Care LPN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (Part-Time)
  • LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) job summary

Our healthcare facility is looking for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to join our team. At our long-term residence, the LPN helps to fulfill the care requirements of our patients. Under the direction of the Nurse Manager, the successful candidate will work within their entire scope of practice. The LPN will be fully accountable for ensuring that the utmost in competent care and safety is consistently delivered to all residents. This opportunity awaits a motivated and ambitious professional with assisted living experience.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) responsibilities

  • Provide bedside care
  • Administer medications and document therapeutic effects
  • Take vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration)
  • Assist with resident comfort
  • Prepare and administer injections and/or enemas
  • Collect samples and monitor catheters
  • Provide wound care
  • Help coach staff as necessary

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • 2+ years’ nursing experience
  • Up to date first aid and CPR certification
  • Current LPN license in the state
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Exceptional staff training and customer service skills
  • Compassionate and friendly demeanor

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