CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Licensed Practical Nurses

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
 
Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, and note times and amounts on patients' charts.
 
Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
 
Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration.
 
Provide basic patient care and treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
 
Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
 
Supervise nurses' aides and assistants.
 
Work as part of a health care team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care and implement interventions.
 
Record food and fluid intake and output.
 
Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other health care team members as necessary.
 
Assemble and use equipment such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, and oxygen suppliers.
 
Collect samples such as blood, urine and sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
 
Prepare patients for examinations, tests or treatments and explain procedures.
 
Prepare food trays and examine them for conformance to prescribed diet.
 
Apply compresses, ice bags, and hot water bottles.
 
Clean rooms and make beds.
 
Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments.
 
Provide medical treatment and personal care to patients in private home settings, such as cooking, keeping rooms orderly, seeing that patients are comfortable and in good spirits, and instructing family members in simple nursing tasks.
 
Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
 
Assist in delivery, care, and feeding of infants.
 
Wash and dress bodies of deceased persons.
 
Make appointments, keep records and perform other clerical duties in doctors' offices and clinics.
 
Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Infusion management software Medical software
 
MedicWare software Medical software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Personal digital assistants PDA medical software Medical software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Telephone triage software Medical software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Abdominal binders Abdominal binders
 
Air fluidized beds Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
 
Ankle restraints Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Apnea monitors Apnea monitors or accessories
 
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Automated spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Bag infusion systems Intravenous or arterial infusion single port bags or containers
 
Balkan frames Leg traction supplies
 
Blood glucose monitoring equipment Glucose monitors or meters
 
Blood transfusion drip regulators Blood transfusion filters or screens or accessories
 
Bucks extensions Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
 
Butterfly needles Butterfly needles
 
Canes Canes or cane accessories
 
Capillary tubes Capillary or hematocrit tubes
 
Circo-electric beds Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
 
Clinical trapezes Clinical trapeze bars
 
Closed infusion systems Intravenous or arterial infusion single port bags or containers
 
Compressor tabletop nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Continuous passive motion CPM equipment Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories
 
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
 
Crutchfield tongs Head or neck traction supplies
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dialysis machines Hemodialysis units
 
Digital spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Electrocardiography EKG units Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Electronic blood pressure units Electronic blood pressure units
 
Electronic compressor nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Electronic stethoscopes Electronic stethoscopes or accessories
 
Enema equipment Enema kits or accessories
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Fabric body holders Full body restraints
 
Filtered intravenous IV catheter tubing Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
 
Flexible nasogastric tubes Nasogastric tubes
 
Frames Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
 
Gait belts Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Gastric suction equipment Suction pumps
 
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Halo traction equipment Head or neck traction supplies
 
Handheld spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Heart monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Hemoglobinometer machines Hematology analyzers
 
Hemovac drains Medical incision drains
 
Heparin locks Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors
 
Hollow needles Hypodermic needles
 
Hyper/hypothermia blankets Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes
 
Infusion controllers Dial calibrated intravenous flowmeters or regulators
 
Infusion pumps Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Infusion sets Analgesic infusion sets or kits
 
Intermittent infusion sets Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors
 
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
 
Intradermal needles Hypodermic needles
 
Intramuscular needles Hypodermic needles
 
Intravenous IV needles Hypodermic needles
 
Intubation suctioning kits Suction kits
 
Jackson-Pratt drains Medical incision drains
 
Knee braces Knee braces or hinged knee supports
 
Lancets Lancets
 
Lap belts Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Limb restraints Extremity restraints
 
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
 
Mercury blood pressure measuring equipment Mercury blood pressure units
 
Nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Neck braces Cervical collars or neck braces
 
Needleless glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Needleless intraveneous IV sets Needleless intraveneous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
 
Needleless intravenous IV withdrawal equipment Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
 
Non-invasive cardiac output monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Non-invasive cardio respiratory monitors Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories
 
Non-vented intravenous IV catheter tubing Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Open infusion systems Intravenous or arterial infusion single port bags or containers
 
Ostomy equipment Ostomy appliances
 
Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use
 
Oxygen cylinders Medical gas cylinders or related devices
 
Oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Oxygen supplies Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
 
Oxygen tubing Medical oxygen tubing or connectors
 
Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps
 
Patient lifters Patient lifts or accessories
 
Pediatric nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Personal computer PC-based spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Pneumatic boots Vascular or compression apparel or supports
 
Pocket spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Portable nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Posey vests Restraint vests and jackets
 
Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
 
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Respiration monitors Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories
 
Restraints Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Roto beds Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care
 
Safety belts Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies
 
Safety infusion systems Intravenous or arterial infusion single port bags or containers
 
Safety jackets Restraint vests and jackets
 
Safety needles Needle protectors
 
Safety vests Restraint vests and jackets
 
Saturation of oxygen SaO2 monitors Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories
 
Subcutaneous hypodermic needles Hypodermic needles
 
Suture removal kits Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets
 
Syringes Medical syringes without needles
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Telemetry units Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories
 
Through-the-needle intravenous IV catheters Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use
 
Tourniquets Tourniquets
 
Tracheotomy tubes Tracheostomy tubes
 
Traction equipment Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
 
Traction weights Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
 
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
 
Transfer boards Patient shifting boards or accessories
 
Tuberculin TB skin test equipment Tuberculin syringes
 
Ultrasonic Doppler equipment Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Ultrasonic cardiac output monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Ultrasonic nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Urinary catheters Urinary catheterization kits or accessories
 
Vented intravenous IV catheter tubing Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
 
Walkers Walkers or rollators
 
Walking braces Walking braces
 
Wheelchair belts Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
Wrist restraints Extremity restraints
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Charge Nurse
Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN)
Clinic Nurse
Home Health Care Provider
Home Health Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Nursing Technician
Office Nurse
Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN)
Private Duty Nurse
Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE LPN)
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Licensed Practical Nurse
Benchmark Title: Licensed Practical Nurses
 
 
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