The licensed vocational nurse (LVN) is an essential member of the health care industry. Similar to a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in everything but job title, the LVN provides care in an assortment of health care settings, including home health care. Read on to find out if working in home health as an LVN is right for you!
Typical program length for LVN training is 12 – 14 months for full-time students and 18-20 months for part-time students. As an LVN, you can work in many environments, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, offices, schools and home health agencies. If you are interested in working in the medical field, but not quite ready to make the jump in with both feet, LVN training is much less expensive than training to become an RN. LVN programs require rigorous medical training that includes both classroom study and supervised clinical practice. Topics of study might include:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Legal and ethical responsibilities
- Common disease processes
- Preventative nursing care
- Therapeutic nursing care
- Rehabilitative nursing care
- Leadership principles
Home Health Care LVN Job Responsibilities
The fundamental responsibility for a home health care LVN is to meet the needs of patients in their homes by administering medications, performing exams and ensuring the overall well-being of patients. To fulfill this obligation, the job duties of an LVN may include the following:
- Checking vital signs
- Updating medical histories
- Dressing wounds
- Inserting catheters
- Assisting patients with activities of daily living
- Collecting lab specimens
- Informing doctors and RNs of any problems
A Typical Day
The home health LVN begins the day by driving to the homes of patients in need of medical care. Their vehicles serve as mobile offices. The LVN enjoys the freedom of a flexible schedule. However, there is a high level of responsibility for this job. Meeting new patients, traveling to new places and treating an ever-changing array of health conditions is an everyday experience. On any given day, an LVN may evaluate a patient care plan, perform wound care, administer infusion therapy, administer medications, and educate patients and their family members. Repeat patient visits allow the home health care LVN to establish relationships with patients under their care, which enables them to tailor the services they provide to their patients.
The national yearly average pay for home health LVNs is $47,480.00. The Bureau of Labor Statistics foresees an 11% increase in employment through 2028, which is much more rapidly than the national average for other occupations. Another perk is the option to return to school to become a registered nurse if you so choose.
If you are an LVN looking for your next career move, look no further than CnStaffing. The recruiters at CnStaffing can connect you with a variety of employment opportunities, including home health, to help you reach your career goals.