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Vocational Nurse

Vocational Nurse

Providing direct patient care

Did you know that today there are more people than ever who require health care services? As the Baby Boomer population ages, the overall need for health care services is expected to increase. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to grow due to federal health insurance reform. This means there are more career opportunities to work in the health care industry than ever before.

 

Learn how North-West College can help you train to become a Vocational Nurse and begin working alongside physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals in a clinic, physician's office, hospital or other health care facility.

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Job Growth Outlook:

Employment of licensed practical and licensed Vocational Nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As the Baby Boomer population ages, the overall need for health care services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.

Vocational Nurses

Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24

Vocational Nurse / Practical Nurse
16%
Other health care support occupations
16%
Total, all occupations
7%
Number of Jobs, 2014:
719,900
Employment Change, 2014-24:
117,300
Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)
16%

Vocational Nurse Overview

 

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide direct patient care under the direction of a Registered Nurse or a licensed physician. Vocational Nurses provide individual- and family-centered nursing care, and help assess the basic physical, emotional, spiritual, and sociocultural needs of the patient.

 

Vocational Nursing professionals are employed in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, clinics, correctional facilities and home health care agencies.

 

Vocational Nurses routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:

 

  • Monitoring patients’ health and vital signs (for example, by checking blood pressure).
  • Providing basic patient care, including administering medications and injections, changing bandages and inserting catheters.
  • Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress.
  • Discussing the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns.
  • Reporting patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors.
  • Recording patient health and medical information.
  • Other important health care tasks.

 

The Vocational Nursing program at North-West College can provide you with the health care knowledge and training required to begin a career as a Vocational Nurse working in a medical office, clinic, doctor's office, HMO, rehabilitation center, hospital and other health care facilities.

*North-West College cannot guarantee employment.

 

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