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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
    • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
    • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
    • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
    • Provide medical treatment or personal care to patients in private home settings, such as cooking, keeping rooms orderly, seeing that patients are comfortable and in good spirits, or instructing family members in simple nursing tasks.
    • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
    • Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
    • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
    • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
    • Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
    • Record food and fluid intake and output.
    • Make appointments, keep records, or perform other clerical duties in doctors' offices or clinics.
    • Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
    • Prepare or examine food trays for conformance to prescribed diet.
    • Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
    • Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms.
    • Prepare patients for examinations, tests, or treatments and explain procedures.
    • Apply compresses, ice bags, or hot water bottles.
    • Clean rooms and make beds.
    • Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments.
    • Assist in delivery, care, or feeding of infants.


    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 41,170
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,510

    Typical Education


    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control


    • Spirometers
    • Patient care beds for specialty care
    • Nebulizers
    • Intravenous or arterial infusion bags or containers
    • Hypodermic needle


    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Calendar and scheduling software


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