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LICENSED PRACTICAL AND LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES
An Occupation in
 
Occupation Description:
 
  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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  Video Icon  Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
  • 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.
  • Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Post secondary vocational training
 
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License Authority for Licensed Practical Nurse:  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Health
Health Care Systems Branch
Practitioner Licensing & Investigations Section
410 Capitol Avenue
P.O.Box 340308
Hartford, CT   006134 -00308
(860) 509-7603
email: olpc.dph@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dph/license

 
License Authority for Retired Nurse - LPN:  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Health
Health Care Systems Branch
Practitioner Licensing & Investigations Section
410 Capitol Avenue
P.O.Box 340308
Hartford, CT   006134 -00308
(860) 509-7603
email: olpc.dph@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dph/license

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $56,424.00 $27.13 $22.54 $24.62 - $30.07
Bridgeport/Stamford $57,224.00 $27.51 $21.87 $24.46 - $30.75
Danbury $55,351.00 $26.61 $22.08 $23.98 - $29.66
Hartford $56,343.00 $27.09 $23.34 $25.14 - $29.86
New Haven $57,376.00 $27.58 $23.99 $25.23 - $30.13
New London/Norwich $56,839.00 $27.32 $22.40 $23.95 - $30.65
Waterbury $54,551.00 $26.23 $22.20 $23.06 - $29.44
Torrington $54,298.00 $26.11 $18.94 $21.87 - $30.28
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 8,850 9,590 0.8% 327
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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