May 15th, 2011
Nursing is one of the growth industries of the new millennium. This is in part due to the aging of the American population and partly a result of the growth of the overall population. More people means an increased need for health care which means more students enrolling in LVN schools .
Licensed Vocation Nurses serve an important role in the health care profession. They work closely with Registered Nurses and physicians in patient care. This includes conducting basic assessments and being involved in the planning and implementation of patient care. That means that they are present during intake, recoring patient histories and checking vital signs as well as providing actual care such as assisting with procedures and administering medications. This requires students to be grounded in medical subjects such as pharmacology, physiology, and anatomy as well as techniques of nursing care ranging from preventative to therapeutic to rehabilitative practices. They should also master the administrative, legal, and ethical aspects of nursing.
A growing number of LVNs are finding jobs in long term care facilities. This includes rehabilitation hospitals as well as assisted living centers and nursing homes. Others work in hospitals and clinics or as part of a private medical practice. Some serve as school nurses while others find fulfilling positions offering in home patient care through hospice agencies and other organizations. Another group of nurses are employed by government and community agencies.