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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses - 29-2061.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN)
  • Clinic Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse, Clinic Nurse (LPN, Clinic Nurse)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Office Nurse
  • Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN)
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Apply compresses, ice bags, or hot water bottles.
  • Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
  • Assist in delivery, care, or feeding of infants.
  • Clean rooms and make beds.
  • Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
  • Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
  • Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments.
  • Make appointments, keep records, or perform other clerical duties in doctors' offices or clinics.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Prepare or examine food trays for conformance to prescribed diet.
  • Prepare patients for examinations, tests, or treatments and explain procedures.
  • 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.
  • Provide medical treatment or personal care to patients in private home settings, such as cooking, keeping rooms orderly, seeing that patients are comfortable and in good spirits, or instructing family members in simple nursing tasks.
  • Record food and fluid intake and output.
  • Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms.
  • Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
  • Wash and dress bodies of deceased persons.
  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Manage preparation of special meals or diets.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Practical Nurse (Army - Enlisted)
  • Practical Nursing Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Nurse, Licensed Practical

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Nurse, Licensed Practical