Do you have the deduction and drive to proudly wear nurses uniforms? Licensed practical nurses (LPN's) care for injured, ill, convalescent, and disabled patients under the direction of doctors and registered nurses. LPN's provide bedside care, including taking temperatures and vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure, and respiration. They prepare and give patients injections, they monitor catheters and apply dressings, they treat bedsores and give massages and rubs. LPN's monitor the patients and report any adverse reactions to treatments or medicines. LPN's collect samples for laboratory testing and perform routine lab tests. They feed patients and record fluid and food intake and output. LPN's comfort patients by assisting with their bathing, dressing, and hygiene. LPN's in some states also administrated prescribed medicine and introduce intravenous fluids. Some LPN's specialize in childbirth and infant care. LPN's with experience may supervisor nursing aides and assistants.

In addition to routine bedside care, LPN's in nursing uniforms help nursing care facility 'needs, develop plans to care for them, and supervise the care provided by nursing aides. LPN's working in clinics and doctors' offices may also make appointments, keep records and perform other clerical duties. LPN's working in private homes may help prepare meals and teach the family members simple nursing tasks. Most LPN's who work in nursing care facilities and hospitals work 40-hour weeks. But because patients require around-the-clock care, some LPN's work nights, weekends and holidays. The job requires standing up for long periods, and helping the patients stand and walk. LPN's face health hazards due to radiation, caustic chemicals, and infectious diseases (such as hepatitis). They can be subject to back injuries when they move patients, and to shocks from the electrical equipment. They often need deal with heavy, stressful workloads, and with patients who may be confused, agitated, irrational, or uncooperative.

There were over 700,000 licensed practical nurseries in 2002. About 28% of LPN's worked for hospitals; 26% worked for nursing care facilities; and another 12% worked in physician's offices. Other LPN's worked for home healthcare services, community care facilities for the elderly, employment services, outpatient care centers, and Federal, state, and local government agencies. About 20% of LPN's worked part-time. All states (and the District of Columbia) require licensed practical nurses to pass licensing examinations after successful completion of a state-approved LPN program. Practical nurse training in nursing clog shoes lasts about one year and is available in over a thousand state-approved programs, usually in technical and voluntary schools. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for entry, although some programs accept candidates who lack diplomas; and some programs are designed for a high school curriculum. Most entry-level practical nursing jobs are with nursing care facilities. For help in finding a nursing job, see the website