Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Allied Health and Nursing
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Most LPNs provide basic bedside care. They take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. They prepare and give injections, administer enemas, apply dressings, give massages, apply ice packs and hot water bottles, and monitor catheters. LPNs observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output.
They help patients with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, keep them comfortable, and care for their emotional needs. In states where the law allows, they may administer prescribed medicines or start intravenous fluids. LPNs help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.
LPNs in nursing homes oversee routine care, help evaluate residents’ needs, help develop care plans and watch over the care provided by nursing aides. In doctors’ offices and clinics, they also may make appointments, keep records, and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who work in private homes may prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.
Educational Opportunities in Practical Nursing
Certificate of Proficiency in Practical Nursing
This program prepares graduates to function as practical nurses. The practical nurse gives care to clients at the direction of a registered nurse or physician. Practical nurses function independently in situations where the client’s condition is stable and non-acute. The graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX examination for licensure.
Note: Advanced placement in LCCC’s Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Associate Degree Nursing is available for licensed practical nurses through the ACCESS program at LCCC.
Other Related Opportunities in Allied Health Programs
Certificate of proficiency in:
Associate of applied science
Other Associate Degrees
Advancement from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Registered Nurse (ACCESS)
Access in Nursing is an exciting educational model that allows LPNs to advance in their career through continuing education. Once an LPN is admitted to a registered nursing program at a participating school, they can complete an LPN to RN transition course offered at LCCC. Upon successful completion of the transition course, ACCESS students receive at least 35% of the nursing coursework required by the receiving school for the Associate Degree of Diploma in Nursing. Upon meeting graduation requirements, students are eligible to sit for the RN licensing examination.
Educational Opportunities in Nursing through LCCC’s University Partnership
The University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The University of Akron’s nursing program prepares students to provide patient care, to direct others in giving care and to become members of comprehensive health care teams. Professional nurses also teach health care, prepare discharge plans and make referrals that can aid patients and their families.
Master of Science in Nursing
For registered nurses who have diplomas or associate degrees in nursing and who aspire to the Master of Science in nursing, the University of Akron offers the RN-MSN sequence.
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
Associate degree nursing graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials beyond the technical scope can enroll in Youngstown State University’s bachelor’s degree in allied health program, a two-plus-two concept which allows the associate nursing degree pro-gram to serve as the first two years of the baccalaureate-degree program.
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