Quote from jt8493
My name is Josh and I am serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. We work on wards, ER's, the battle field and all other types of settings that require medical personnel. I mainly have experience working in family pactice clinincs and also have 1 years experience in an ER. A very slow ER that was more like an ACC. Well, I will be separating from the Navy in a few months and will be challenging the board to get my LVN license. I am not exactly sure what the scope of practice is for an LVN and I am a little nervous about going into this field. What exactly does an LVN do? I have seen lot's of job ads that ask for an IV cert. I am allowed to give IV's in the Navy but I don't know if that will allow me to give IV's in the civilian world. Who certifies LVN's to give IV's? I would also like to know what the typical salary is for an LVN in CA. I'm attracted to the pay offered at temp agencies but I'm not sure if I want to be thrown into different work settings each week when I'm not really even sure what my role will be. How can I make good money and get good experience in the Los Angeles area? Any help would be appreciated.
Josh from Los Angeles
Hello, and sorry no one has offered to answer your question.
I'll tell you what little bit I know and do.
I work in a facility that cares for Mentally and physically disabled people.
My main job function is administering medications. I have to know what I'm administering, the uses or indications of it, dosage range, adverse side effects.
I take orders off the charts, and start them when appropriate, check BS by glucometer/fingersticks and give insulin as ordered and on a sliding scale,
I put in foleys, do wound and skin care treatments, take care of lacerations, we do updraft treatments for people with respiratory problems, assess someone to see if they need further evaluation by a physician, and send them to the emergency room if necessary.
Due to the nature of our type of people we care for, we get fractures quite often, and they can't always tell you where they hurt, so we have to assess for pain, swelling, etc, for possible FX's.
In alot of facilities LPNs can start IVs. We don't do IVs where I work, but alot of nursing homes do give IVs. If our people, where I work, are sick enough for IVs they have to go to the hospital.
In some facilities LPNs/LVNs work in surgery as scrub nurses assisting the physician with surgery.
We do alot of administering meds and alot of basic bedside nursing care to sum it up.
Your state board of nursing can give you specifics for the state you live in, as to what the scope of an LVNs practice is where you live.
LPNs/LVNs generally work under the direction of an RN or a physician and alot of what they can do depends on where you live and the facility you work in.
Also, alot of places are trying to phase out LPNs, but I don't think we will ever completely get phased out. Nursing homes and places like where I work do not want to pay for an all RN staff, so I think LPNs will always be needed in certain areas.
Hope this answers some of your questions. I based my answers on my own job, and it's been years since I've been in a hospital.