Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)Job Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Licensed practical nurses fulfill a critical role in the health-care industry by providing basic nursing care in a variety of settings. Their typical tasks include taking patients’ vital signs, updating their health records, and helping them bathe and dress. Licensed practical nurses, commonly called LPNs, work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Sample job description #1

Education, experience, and licensure requirements

  • Attended an accredited LPN program
  • Currently licensed/registered in applicable State. Must maintain an active Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) license in good standing throughout employment.
  • Prior health care experience preferred

Specific job requirements

  • Proficient computer skills, including Excel and/or other staff scheduling programs
  • Advanced knowledge in field of practice
  • Make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Knowledgeable of practices and procedures as well as the laws, regulations, and guidelines governing functions in the post acute care facility
  • Implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the department
  • Perform proficiently in all competency areas including but not limited to: patient rights, safety, and sanitation
  • Maintains professional working relationships with all associates, vendors, etc.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all proprietary and/or confidential information
  • Understand and follow company policies including harassment and compliance procedures
  • Displays integrity and professionalism by adhering to Life Care’s Code of Conduct and completes mandatory Code of Conduct and other appropriate compliance training

Essential functions

  • Schedule facility staff at levels determined by DON/ED
  • Prepare and maintain records of all shift schedules and communicate clearly to staff
  • Understand State requirements and forecasting
  • Perform functions of a staff nurse as required
  • Exhibit excellent customer service and a positive attitude towards patients
  • Assist in the evacuation of patients
  • Demonstrate dependable, regular attendance
  • Concentrate and use reasoning skills and good judgment
  • Communicate and function productively on an interdisciplinary team
  • Sit, stand, bend, lift, push, pull, stoop, walk, reach, and move intermittently during working hours
  • Read, write, speak, and understand the English language

Sample job description #2

How you’ll contribute

  • Triage OB/GYN patients via phone and call patients with test results
  • Prepare patients for examination and assists physician during treatment/procedures, examinations, and testing of patients
  • Record patients’ medical history, health maintenance, and chief complaint
  • Measure, record, and document vital signs
  • Where applicable, perform phlebotomy, injections, and other specimen collection per established policies and procedures as directed by the provider
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a provider
  • Authorize drug refills as directed
  • Educate patients by providing information and instructions as directed by the provider
  • Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following, and enforcing standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations
  • Sterilize medical instruments per established standards and procedures

Who you are

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of one year nursing experience in a clinic environment
  • Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing
  • Valid Florida LPN license and BLS/CPR certification
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment in deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate with coworkers, provider, and patients in an effective manner
  • Ability to use a computer and enter data in electronic medical record system
  • Ability to maintain LPN license by successfully completing 24 hours of continuing education hours every two years

Sample job description #3

Education, experience, and licensure requirements

  • Attended an accredited LPN program
  • Currently licensed/registered in applicable State. Must maintain an active Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) license in good standing throughout employment
  • Prior office experience preferred
  • Prior health care experience preferred

Specific job requirements

  • Proficient in Point Click Care
  • Basic computer skills
  • Advanced knowledge in field of practice
  • Make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
  • Knowledgeable of practices and procedures as well as the laws, regulations, and guidelines governing functions in the post acute care facility
  • Implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the department
  • Perform proficiently in all competency areas including but not limited to: patient rights, safety, and sanitation
  • Maintains professional working relationships with all associates, vendors, etc.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all proprietary and/or confidential information
  • Understand and follow company policies including harassment and compliance procedures
  • Displays integrity and professionalism by adhering to Life Care’s Code of Conduct and completes mandatory Code of Conduct and other appropriate compliance training

Essential functions

  • Communicate with physician and accurately receive and transcribe orders
  • File all medical information timely and accurately
  • File appropriate patient identification data on designed medical records, wristbands, ID cards, etc., as required
  • Schedule appointments for services independently
  • Manage telephone calls courteously and efficiently
  • Perform functions of a staff nurse as required
  • Exhibit excellent customer service and a positive attitude towards patients
  • Assist in the evacuation of patients
  • Demonstrate dependable, regular attendance
  • Concentrate and use reasoning skills and good judgment
  • Communicate and function productively on an interdisciplinary team
  • Sit, stand, bend, lift, push, pull, stoop, walk, reach, and move intermittently during working hours
  • Read, write, speak, and understand the English language

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a licensed practical nurse is $52,350 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$52,050$70,450
Los Angeles, California$58,750$79,450
Denver, Colorado$48,950$66,200
Washington, DC$59,650$80,650
Miami, Florida$48,750$65,900
Orlando, Florida$44,950$60,800
Tampa, Florida$45,400$61,400
Atlanta, Georgia$47,600$64,400
Chicago, Illinois$54,750$74,050
Boston, Massachusetts$59,200$80,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$47,150$63,800
New York City, New York$62,300$84,300
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$50,750$68,650
Dallas, Texas$49,400$66,850
Houston, Texas$48,950$66,200
Seattle, Washington$56,950$77,050
National Average$44,500$60,200

Sample interview questions

  • What is your experience with taking vital signs?
  • Are you familiar with the various types of medications used in a medical facility?
  • Give an example of how you have demonstrated leadership skills in previous positions.
  • Name three situations where you handled difficult patients/families, and how did you resolve the situation?
  • Would you be available to work on-call? Nights, weekends, and holidays?
  • What do you think the most important skill for a licensed practical nurse is? Why?
  • What do you like most about being a nurse? What do you find most challenging?
  • What types of patients/conditions would you not feel comfortable treating?
  • What advice do you have for a new licensed practical nurse, looking to excel in the field?
  • What are some positive things you’ve heard about our company?
  • How do you think you can make a contribution to our organization? What sets you apart from other candidates?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why should we hire you instead of another candidate with more LPN experience than you have?

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