Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): Program Overview
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)—also referred to as Licensed Vocational Nurses in some states--are medical professionals that work closely with the infirm in a variety of health care settings. They provide full contact patient care under the supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs) and/or physicians that oftentimes entails bedside care, taking vital signs, catheterizations, injections, and other supervised medical procedures within their scope of practice. In addition to patient observation and assisting with routine personal care tasks, LPNs may also perform routine laboratory tests and administer specific intravenous therapy treatments, where not prohibited by applicable law. In some states, LPNs can even help deliver and care for newborns, as well as supervise Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs).