Details Report for:
29-2061.00 - Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Sample of reported job titles: Charge Nurse; Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN); Clinic Nurse; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN); Licensed Practical Nurse, Clinic Nurse (LPN, Clinic Nurse); Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN); Office Nurse; Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN); Private Duty Nurse; Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN)
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Abdominal binders
- Analgesic infusion sets or kits — Infusion sets
- Apnea monitors or accessories — Apnea monitors
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
- Blood transfusion filters or screens or accessories — Blood transfusion drip regulators
- Butterfly needles
- Canes or cane accessories — Canes
- Capillary or hematocrit tubes — Capillary tubes
- Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Heart monitors; Non-invasive cardiac output monitors; Ultrasonic cardiac output monitors
- Cervical collars or neck braces — Neck braces
- Clinical trapeze bars — Clinical trapezes
- Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories — Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
- Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches
- Desktop computers
- Dial calibrated intravenous flowmeters or regulators — Infusion controllers
- Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories — Telemetry units
- Electrocardiography EKG units
- Electronic blood pressure units
- Electronic stethoscopes or accessories — Electronic stethoscopes
- Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment
- Extremity restraints — Limb restraints; Wrist restraints
- Full body restraints — Fabric body holders
- Glucose monitors or meters — Blood glucometers; Glucometers; Needleless glucometers
- Head or neck traction supplies — Crutchfield tongs; Halo traction equipment
- Hematology analyzers — Hemoglobinometer machines
- Hemodialysis units — Dialysis machines
- Hypodermic needle — Hollow needles; Intramuscular needles; Intravenous IV needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles (see all 5 examples)
- Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus
- Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Infusion pumps
- Intravenous or arterial extension tubing — Filtered intravenous IV catheter tubing; Non-vented intravenous IV catheter tubing; Vented intravenous IV catheter tubing
- Intravenous or arterial infusion single port bags or containers — Bag infusion systems; Closed infusion systems; Open infusion systems; Safety infusion systems
- Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors — Heparin locks; Intermittent infusion sets
- Knee brace or support — Knee braces
- Leg traction supplies — Balkan frames
- Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
- Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen cylinders
- Medical incision drains — Hemovac drains; Jackson-Pratt drains
- Medical oxygen masks or parts — Oxygen masks
- Medical oxygen tubing or connectors — Oxygen tubing
- Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Gastric suction equipment; Intubation suctioning kits
- Medical syringe without needle — Syringes
- Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Ultrasonic Doppler equipment
- Mercury blood pressure units — Mercury blood pressure measuring equipment
- Nasogastric tubes — Flexible nasogastric tubes
- Nebulizer or accessories — Electronic compressor nebulizers; Nebulizers; Portable nebulizers; Ultrasonic nebulizers (see all 6 examples)
- Needle protectors — Safety needles
- Needleless intravenous injection syringe set or injection cannula — Needleless intraveneous IV sets
- Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters — Needleless intravenous IV withdrawal equipment
- Notebook computers
- Orthopedic traction hardware or weights — Bucks extensions; Traction equipment; Traction weights
- Ostomy appliances — Ostomy equipment
- Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen supplies
- Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care — Air fluidized beds; Circo-electric beds; Frames; Rotating bed
- Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps — Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
- Patient lifts or accessories — Patient lifters
- Patient shifting boards or accessories — Transfer boards
- Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories — Ankle restraints; Gait belts; Lap belts; Restraints
- Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories — Saturation of oxygen SaO2 monitors
- Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use — Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters; Through-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters
- Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories — Non-invasive cardio respiratory monitors; Respiration monitors
- Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies — Safety belts; Wheelchair belts
- Restraint vests and jackets — Posey vests; Safety jackets; Safety vests
- Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Handheld spirometers; Personal computer PC-based spirometers; Pocket spirometers; Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment (see all 6 examples)
- Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets — Suture removal kits
- Tablet computers
- Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes — Hyper/hypothermia blankets
- Tracheostomy tubes — Tracheotomy tubes
- Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
- Tuberculin syringes — Tuberculin TB skin test equipment
- Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters
- Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes
- Vascular or compression apparel or support — Pneumatic boots
- Walkers or rollators — Walkers
- Walking braces
Technology used in this occupation:
- Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software
- Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; MedicWare software; Personal digital assistants PDA medical software; Telephone triage software (see all 5 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Spreadsheet software
- Word processing software
- Record patient medical histories.
- Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
- Perform clerical work in medical settings.
- Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.
- Collect biological specimens from patients.
- Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
- Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
- Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
- Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
- Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Administer intravenous medications.
- Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
- Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
- Clean medical equipment or facilities.
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
- Order medical supplies or equipment.
- Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
- Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
- Manage preparation of special meals or diets.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|35||Some college, no degree|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|21-1093.00||Social and Human Service Assistants|
|29-1141.01||Acute Care Nurses|
|29-2031.00||Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians|
|29-2054.00||Respiratory Therapy Technicians|
|31-2011.00||Occupational Therapy Assistants|
|31-2021.00||Physical Therapist Assistants Bright Outlook|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$20.43 hourly, $42,490 annual|
|Employment (2012)||738,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Much faster than average (22% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||363,100|
|Top industries (2012)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (84% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES) , 1940 Duke St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: (703) 933-1003. Fax: (703) 940-4089.
- National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN) , 605 Poole Dr., Garner, NC 27529. Phone: (919) 779-0046. Fax: (919) 779-5642.
- National League for Nursing (NLN) , 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Phone: (212) 363-5555.