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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 1,970

Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

Typical Hourly Wage: $21.49 - $28.10

Typical Annual Salary: $44,700 - $58,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • 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.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
  • Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
  • Make appointments, keep records, or perform other clerical duties in doctors' offices or clinics.

tools & technology

  • Hypodermic needle
  • Nebulizer or accessories
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies

  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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