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- Payment of $2,750 due every 8 weeks
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- No Pre-requisites
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What is an LVN?
What is an LVN?
A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), working with Registered Nurses (RNs) and doctors, is a vital member of the health maintenance team at hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, convalescent facilities, and even private homes.
LVNs care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. They care for patients in many ways. Often, they provide basic bedside care. Many LVNs measure and record patients' vital signs such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, dress wounds, and give alcohol rubs and massages. To help keep patients comfortable, they assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, moving in bed, standing, and walking. They might also feed patients who need help eathing. Experienced LVNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.
As part of their work, LVNs collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, and record food and fluid intake and output. They clean and monitor medical equipment. In addition, they monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. Sometimes, they help physicians and registered nurses perform tests and procedures. Some LvNs help to deliver, care for, and feed infants. (from Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Job Outlook for LVNs
Employment of LVNs (aka LPNs) is expected to grow much faster than average in home health care services. Home health care agencies will offer a large number of new jobs for LVNs because of an increasing number of older people with functional disabilities, consumer preference for care in the home, and technological advances that make it possible to bring increasingly complex treatments into the home.
Employment of LVNs in nursing care facilities is expected to grow faster than average, and provide the most new jobs for LVNs, because of the growing number of people who are aged and disabled and in need of long-term care. In addition, LVNs in nursing care facilities will be needed to care for the increasing number of patients who have been discharged from the hospital but have not recovered enough to return home. (from Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Employment settings for LVNs
- Outpatient clinics
- Convalescent homes
- Hospice care facilities
- Doctor's offices
- Long-term care facilities
- Home care agencies
- Ambulatory surgery centers