The Licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides patient care due to illness or desire to maintain health. The LPN scope of practice is defined by the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. The LPN provides care at the direction of a licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, chiropractor, or registered nurse. The majority of LPNs work is in long-term care and community organizations.
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.