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People like to claim that they are independent, free from needing others and free from the constraints that society imposes on them. Unfortunately, hospitals and other healthcare facilities serve as harsh reminders that we can't always rely on ourselves, we can't always trust our health will last, and we can't always fix our problems on our own. The cold, even mechanical nature of a hospital and its beeping machines implies that there is an equally mechanical nature to healing us, as though we are just another set of veins and organs waiting to be repaired at the shop. At least sometimes it can feel this way.

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Thankfully, there's more to healthcare than machines, numbers, and organs. There are individuals like nurses who remind us that we are minds, emotions, and souls. If you are a person who genuinely cares for others and feels bent toward aiding people's physical and emotional well-being, then earning a degree as an LPN or LVN, also known as Licensed Practitioner Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse, is highly appropriate for you.

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The job requirements for LPNs and LVNs vary by industry, but generally require that these nurses assist the physicians, surgeons, and registered nurses responsible for caring for patients. These nurses are frequently, but not only found in hospitals, and they'll care for any individuals who are sick, injured, or otherwise disabled. While the stress of major decisions and healthcare plans are left to the doctors, LPNs and LVNs are able to administer the basic necessities for patients. Job tasks typically include monitoring blood pressure and catheters, dressing wounds, and giving certain injections. Other day-to-day tasks require such nurses to attend to patients' comfort needs, such as adjusting pillows, giving baths, or helping patients dress.

LPN/LVNs get to attend to patients' need on the ground level, frequently checking to make sure the necessities and preferences of patients are provided. While monitoring certain conditions of patients, such a nurse might be the first to alert doctors of serious medical updates, positive or negative, such as if a patient experiences an adverse reaction to medications. The LPN/LVN also plays a vital role in gathering information from patients -- this information may include simple insurance provider information, or may elucidate the background of certain patients which can contribute to physicians making judgment calls and decisions about what the best course of action may be.

Most importantly, the LPN/LVN serves as the familiar face that regularly checks in on patients. While medicine and therapy take time to heal the body, and while insurance companies and payment plans cause more stress than is welcome, a smile's effects are felt immediately. A kind voice reaches the heart much faster than an injection. A helpful hand or encouraging word raises a person up more quickly than a hydraulic bed lift. It is these gifts, the ones that work beyond the power of medicine or a physician's plan, that can do just as much to provide the care that patients need to be well again.

LPN/LVNs have knowledgeable heads and loving hearts. A classroom education teaches the practical approaches to this role, but individuals who also genuinely want to contribute to the well-being of others are the ones who best fulfill this role. Find an LPN college from the schools listed below.

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