Category Archives: Management/Leadership

Management: What Can the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Do and Not Do?

LVNs CAN:

  • CAN make focused assessments
  • CAN administer some IVPB, PO, IM, subcut, ID, suppository, eye/ear/nose medications
  • CAN perform dressing changes
  • CAN catheterize
  • CAN help with basic hygiene
  • CAN employ clinical problem solving
  • CAN observe a patient intervention (eg: pursed-lip breathing, incentive spirometer)
  • CAN teach standardized information (eg: how to apply a nicotine patch)
  • CAN collect data about a patient’s response to certain medications
  • CAN reinforce teaching

LVNs CANNOT:

  • CANNOT make initial or comprehensive assessments
  • CANNOT administer IV push medications, antineoplastics, strong antibiotics, experimental medications
  • CANNOT hang blood
  • CANNOT do initial teaching

*** Please NOTE: the scope of practice for the LVN/LPN varies from state to state and also depends on their facility’s policies and procedures. Refer to your state’s Board of Nursing (BON) for a more detailed description of the scope of practice for licensed nurses. 

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“Reviews & Rationales”

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These supplemental reads were recommended by a nurse graduate YouTuber. She expressed how beneficial these books where in reviewing & emphasizing the material of the corresponding topics. They come in a variety of topics that cover from Pre-Nursing to Senior II. According to reviews on Amazon.com, many buyers recommend these reads as it has helped them during their courses.

I just ordered the Medical-Surgical & Mental Health R&R books to try them out. It couldn’t hurt to consider them if you’d want to spend a little extra. I personally have found them to be great as additional abbreviated material alongside the textbook material from the theory class. Below are the estimated, minimum, used prices.

Pre-Nursing:
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Anatomy & Physiology: Amazon ($14)
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Pharmacology: Amazon ($20)
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Pathophysiology: Amazon ($20)

Junior I:
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Nursing Fundamentals: Amazon ($15)
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Health Assessment: Amazon ($20)
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Fluid, Electrolyte, Acid-Base Balance: Amazon ($20)

Junior II:
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Medical-Surgical Nursing: Amazon ($20)
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Mental Health Nursing: Amazon ($18)

Senior I:
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Child Health Nursing: Amazon ($17)
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Maternal-Newborn Nursing: Amazon ($20)

Senior II:
Prentice Hall Nursing Reviews & Rationales: Nursing Leadership & Management: Amazon ($12)

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