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Oswego Career Ladders - LPN Nursing Home

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LPN Nursing Home

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Organization:
Loretto Oswego Health and Rehabilitation Center

Name:
Gina Marino

Years in this Position:
3 Years

Education:
nursing school program and passed state licensing exam

Job Description:
Gina is one the Charge Nurses for Unit 3. She also fills in for the Medication Nurse and Treatment Nurse. Basically, Gina provides the clinical care that our residents are in need of.


What I like best about my job:
Gina enjoys being a resident advocate the most. She likes to be able to make a difference in their lives.


Advice I would give to someone interested in this job:
Be sure that you have patience, compassion and a big heart! You have to love what you do in order to work in health care and meet this job's expectations. Never become Nurse if you are just doing it for the paycheck!

Industry: Healthcare
Area: LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse

Most LPNs provide basic bedside care under the supervision of an RN, in hospitals and nursing homes. they take vital signs such as temperature , pulse and respiration. They also treat bedsores , prepare and give injections, apply dressings, give massages, apply ice packs and hot water bottles, and monitor catheters. LPNs observe and monitor patients and report adverse reactions to medications and treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. They help patients with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, and keep them comfortable. The LPN also follows the nursing plan of care by providing emotional support and education to patients, familes and significant others.

LPNs in nursing homes provide routine bedside care, help evaluate residents needs, develop care plans, and supervise the care provided by nurse aids.

Work Settings

Currently, 29 percent of LPNs work in nursing homes, 28 percent in hospitals, and 14 percent in physicians offices and clinics. Nursing homes will continue to have most of the new jobs. LPNs may be self-employed.

Education

Students entering a practical nursing program must have a high school dipoloma or equivalent. an applicant must complete an accredited program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for licensed practical nurses.

Job Outlook

12 percent increase over the next 10 years.

Salary

$21,000-$42,000 (NYS average $31,010)

Work Schedule

Most work a 40 Hour week; day, evening and night shifts; some holidays and weekends.

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