Duties of Licensed Vocational Nurses or LVNs
  • Administer medications via most routes.  This includes pre-pouring medications.
  • With IV certification, may administer IV fluids to include electrolytes, nutrients, vitamins, blood and blood products.  May also calculate and adjust IV flow rates (nutrition, hydration, and blood products only.)
  • Catheterize a patient
  • Administer tube feedings
  • Perform stoma and ostomy care
  • Perform glucometer/blood sugar tests
  • May apply heat and cold
  • Suction and care for a tracheostomy tube
  • Perform Wound Care and change sterile dressings
  • Perform bowel/bladder irrigation
  • Perform other diagnostic and therapeutic nursing procedures
  • Assist the RN in initiating and maintaining written care plans for individual patients
  • Assist with educating and instructing patients, patients’ families and staff limited to teaching information which is outlined in and is consistent with the vocational nursing practice act.
  • Performs some personal care and household duties, as necessary