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, Home Health Licensed Practical Nurse (Home Health LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Office Nurse, Pediatric LPN (Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse), Private Duty Nurse, Radiation Oncology Nurse, Triage LPN (Triage Licensed Practical Nurse)
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | 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
- Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software
- Categorization or classification software — Diagnostic and procedural coding software
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Exchange ; Microsoft Outlook
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software
- Medical software — Epic Systems ; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS ; Medical condition coding software ; MEDITECH software (see all 11 examples)
- Office suite software — Google Drive ; Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Video conferencing software — FaceTime
- Video creation and editing software — YouTube
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- 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
- 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
- Record patient medical histories.
- Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
- Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Administer intravenous medications.
- Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
- Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
- Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
- Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
- Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
- Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Perform clerical work in medical settings.
- Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
- Collect biological specimens from patients.
- Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
- Manage preparation of special meals or diets.
- Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
- Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.
- Clean medical equipment or facilities.
- Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
- Order medical supplies or equipment.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
|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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
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|
|29-2034.00||Radiologic Technologists and Technicians|
|31-2011.00||Occupational Therapy Assistants|
|31-2021.00||Physical Therapist Assistants Bright Outlook|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$23.47 hourly, $48,820 annual|
|Employment (2020)||688,100 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Average (5% to 10%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||60,700|
|Top industries (2020)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (85% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Health Information Management Association
- American Nurses Association
- National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
- National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing
- National League for Nursing
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses