WHAT DO VOCATIONAL NURSES DO?
Caring for others in your blood? Not afraid of blood? If you are looking for a career that will let you care for others and with continuing education possibilities, you should consider becoming a vocational nurse. Also known as licensed vocational nurses (LVN), vocational nurses, work in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical and healthcare facilities to provide basic medical care to patients. Typically, LVNs work under the guidance of a registered nurse, physician's assistant and/or doctor.
Although duties depend on what type of facility they work for, LVNs typically provide medical comfort and care for patients by checking vital statistics, changing bandages, helping them clean themselves or get dressed, talk about their health care concerns, monitor and record their medical records, and talk with doctors and nurses to keep other care givers up to date.
LVNs may have other duties as well, but what they are allowed to do varies by state.
HOW MUCH DO VOCATIONAL NURSES MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2010, the median annual income for LVNs was $40,380, or $19.42 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
LVNs must go through an accredited nursing program that lasts about 1 year. These are available through community colleges and technical schools. After getting certification, LVNs must get licensure by taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Compassion: Empathy is a big part of an LVN's job. Working with people who may be confused, in pain, or sick means being understanding of their condition.
- Attention to Detail: Working with the health of patients means LVNs must pay close attention to all details, so that treatments are correct.
- Interpersonal Skills: LVNs work with people every day. Being personable, speaking clearly and in a friendly manner, and listening to their needs and concerns is important to the job.
- Patience: LVNs work with patients who are sick, scared or in pain. Being patient and understanding is necessary.
- Stamina: LVNs stand on their feet for long periods.
CAREER PATHS FOR VOCATIONAL NURSES
THE FUTURE OF VOCATIONAL NURSES
Jobs for LVNs will grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS. This is much faster than averag