An LPN is not certified to handle all of the same situations as an RN, but they can administer medicine, injections, and take vital signs under the supervision of other medical staff. Many practical nurses choose to go on to become RNs through continued education, but others stay in the less stressful LPN field. LPNs work in group settings or under the supervision of RNs, making their jobs less nerve-wracking than those of other medical professionals. LPNs still perform very rewarding work, and many of these nurses go on to earn competitive wages based on long years of service.
Specific LPN responsibilities vary, depending on the workplace and state law. For instance, some states allow LPN nurses to give patients certain medications, while other states do not. More generally speaking, LPNs keep an eye on their patients’ health. They check blood pressure and other vital signs, dress wounds and change bandages, and help with catheters and giving injections, as well.
A large part of LPN nurses’ jobs also includes tracking patients’ health and keeping records for doctors. They may also help patients with basic quality-of-life care, like assisting with hygiene. Often LPN nurses communicate with patients and pass on any concerns to doctors.