LPN Working Environment

There are many different healthcare facilities where you can work as an LPN, such as in physician offices, public and private hospitals, home healthcare services, and community care facilities for seniors. Some LPNs may even work in laboratories maintaining equipment usability and effectiveness.

LicensedPracticalNurseAn LPN may be able to work as the school nurse but would need to check with the state licensing board first to see if they have completed the qualifications. They could also help formulate a nursing plan for a patient or teach community information classes. They could also work as a home health aide, going to various patients’ homes to help with their daily care, take their vitals, note any complaints, and report such to the patients’ lead general practitioner.

The institution where an LPN works will determine the work schedule. In a hospital setting, they could work any shift, weekends, holidays, and sometimes on call. There are some LPNs who work twelve hour shifts that can be from 7 am to 7 pm, or be odd hours like from 11 am to pm. In some places medical facilities, like hospitals, you may be called a “floater” which means that the LPN would be stationed in a defined area of a hospital, and help out where ever the need arises. And depending on the facility, an LPN might be assigned a certain number of patients each day for which they are accountable.

An LPN may give injections and oral medications to patients. What exactly the duties of an LPN would be, again, depends on medical facility’s choice of duty assignment. They may be on their feet their entire shift apart from breaks and you may also have to help patients if they have fallen, have difficulty getting to their feet after being in the bathroom, etc. This is a job that can be hard on your back and feet so the applicant must need to make sure that they are in good health and with great determination to pursue.

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