Duties within the scope of practice for a vocational nurse typically include but are not limited to provision of basic hygienic and nursing care, measurement of vital signs, basic client assessment, documentations, performance of prescribed medical treatments, administration of prescribed medications, and performance of none medicated intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal (requires a separate board certification)
The program offers classroom instruction and required clinical experiences to prepare the student to become an entry level practitioner.
What is a Licensed Vocational Nurse?
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) as they are called in Texas and California, are entry-level health care providers who care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.
What are the benefits of Vocational Nursing?
- Flexible hours
- Good pay
- Different work environments available
- Job security
- High demand
What are the employment opportunities?
- Employment of LVN’s is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2018 in response to the long-term care needs of a rapidly growing elderly population and the general growth of healthcare. Replacement needs will be a major source of job openings, as many workers leave the occupation permanently.
- Employment of LVN’s in nursing homes is expected to grow faster than average. Nursing homes will offer the most new jobs for LVN’s as the number of aged and disable person in need of long-term care rises. In addition to caring for the aged and disabled, nursing homes will be called on to care for the increasing number of patients who have been discharged from the hospital but who have not recovered enough to return home.