Licensed practical nurses, also called licensed vocational nurses in some states, perform many types of medical procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed registered nurse or physician. The basic tasks performed by a licensed practical nurse are administration of medicine, measuring vital signs, measuring and recording height and weight, making entries on medical records, performing CPR, taking lab samples, maintaining a clean and sterile work environment. Responsibilities of a licensed practical nurse also include educating their patients about their medical conditions and treatment options. Many licensed practical nurses take on clerical roles including answering the phone, setting appointments and updating patients medical records. Most licensed practical nurses have a broad general knowledge of nursing and can work in a variety of nursing positions. LPNs can work in several different settings such as community clinics, private doctors offices, private hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes.

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