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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

We are looking for an efficient and compassionate licensed practical nurse to join our hospital and provide the necessary care for our patients. You will be required to perform necessary medical procedures and monitor the patient's progress. You are responsible for ensuring there is no discrepancy in the care given to the patients and that they are motivated towards a speedy recovery.


Healthcare Industry

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What to expect from the role

  • Hands-on experience in providing patients with medical treatments and nurturing them back to full health.
  • Learning how to monitor a patient’s progress, provide physical therapy and support.
  • Learn on the job regarding the best practices in healthcare.
  • Exposure to the field of healthcare and its various responsibilities.


Responsibilities

  • Monitor the patient's progress by regularly checking blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate and so on.
  • Maintain a record of the patient’s health history and update it accurately.
  • Assess the patient’s response to treatment and report any discrepancy to a physician.
  • Observe the patient’s response to treatments and medication and take notes accordingly.
  • Perform tasks like administering injections, enemas, prescribing injections, dressings, and other basic medical tasks.
  • Provide support and be compassionate to their ailments.
  • Be a friend for them to interact with and motivate them to get better.
  • Coordinate with doctors and physicians with these reports and provide the best care for each patient’s improvement.
  • Ensure the environment is hygienic and regular sanitation takes place (sweeping, mopping, changing the bedsheets, disposing of syringes, etc)
  • Take swift action in case of an emergency.
  • Help patients with daily activities like bathing, eating, and exercise.
  • Collect lab samples and test results to give the physician.
  • Act as a point of contact and confidant for the family.
  • Work with safety regulations and rules.
  • Ensure best practices are followed.


Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any relevant subject.
  • Certified of having completed a licensed LPN program.
  • Prior experience as an LPN.
  • Good knowledge of hospital safety and sanitation standards.
  • Excellent communication and people skills.
  • Strong aptitude for multitasking and organization.
  • Current CPR certificate.
  • Ability work in a highly stressful environment.
  • Flexible work schedules.
  • Compassionate and kind.
  • Basic knowledge of computers, MS Office and data entry.
  • Excellent stamina and a high sense of personal hygiene.


Average Salary

On average $47,542 per annum.

Source - salary.com

Career Path

Licensed Practical Nurse is a job role for those with entry level to intermediate experience in the field. It is a job requiring you to assist patients with their medical treatment and report to a physician with the results. It also includes tasks like performing necessary health check-ups, track their progress. Here are a few steps you can take towards this job role:

  • Bachelor's degree in medicine or related field.
  • Certified of having completed a licensed LPN program.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in healthcare.


Career Progression

After pursuing Diploma, Associate or Bachelor’s degree in nursing:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse (optional certification in Neonatal Care)
  • Physical therapy assistant

After pursuing Diploma, Associate or Bachelor’s degree in nursing:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Surgical Technician (or Associate degree in Surgical Technology)

After pursuing Diploma, Associate or Bachelor’s degree in nursing:

  • Diagnostic Surgical Sonographer

After pursuing Diploma, Associate or Bachelor’s degree in nursing:

  • Nurse Practitioner


Sample Questions

Personal
  • Why did you choose LPN as a career choice?

  • Would you consider yourself an empathetic or sympathetic person?

  • What skills of yours do you think makes you qualified for this task?

Human Resources
  • This job has no particular hours and may go overtime, eat into weekends and have late nights. Are you comfortable with that?

  • How comfortable are you to work with other doctors and nurses?

  • What makes you the best candidate for this position?

Management
  • How do you handle emergency situations?

  • Are you a team player or an individual worker?

  • How would you break the bad news to a patient’s family?

Technical skills and knowledge
  • How do you document a patient's progress accurately?

  • How do you perform CPR?

  • How would you help a burn victim?