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Working As A Medic

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $93,385

    Average Salary

What Does A Medic Do

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Duties

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

Duties of LPNs and LVNs vary, depending on their work setting and the state in which they work. For example, they may reinforce teaching done by registered nurses regarding how family members should care for a relative; help to deliver, care for, and feed infants; collect samples for testing and do routine laboratory tests; or feed patients who need help eating.

LPNs and LVNs may be limited to doing certain tasks, depending on the state where they work. For example, in some states, LPNs with proper training can give medication or start intravenous (IV) drips, but in other states LPNs cannot perform these tasks. State regulations also govern the extent to which LPNs and LVNs must be directly supervised. For example, an LPN may provide certain forms of care only with instructions from a registered nurse.

In some states, experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses oversee and direct other LPNs or LVNs and unlicensed medical staff.

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How To Become A Medic

Becoming a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse (LPN or LVN) requires completing an approved educational program. LPNs and LVNs also must have a license.

Education

LPNs and LVNs must complete an approved educational program. These programs award a certificate or diploma and typically take about 1 year to complete, but may take longer. They are commonly found in technical schools and community colleges, although some programs may be available in high schools or hospitals.

Practical nursing programs combine classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.

Contact state boards of nursing for lists of approved programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved educational program, prospective LPNs and LVNs can take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). In all states, they must pass the exam to get a license and work as an LPN or LVN. For more information on the NCLEX-PN examination and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

LPNs and LVNs may choose to become certified through professional associations in areas such as gerontology and IV therapy. Certifications show that an LPN or LVN has an advanced level of knowledge about a specific subject.

In addition, employers may prefer to hire candidates who are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Compassion. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve.

Detail oriented. LPNs and LVNs need to be responsible and detail oriented, because they must make sure that patients get the correct care at the right time.

Interpersonal skills. Interacting with patients and other healthcare providers is a big part of their jobs, so LPNs and LVNs need good interpersonal skills.

Patience. Dealing with sick and injured people may be stressful. LPNs and LVNs should be patient, so they can cope with any stress that stems from providing care to these patients.

Physical stamina. LPNs and LVNs should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for a long time.

Speaking skills. It is important that LPNs and LVNs be able to communicate effectively. For example, they may need to relay information about a patient’s current condition to a registered nurse.

Advancement

With experience, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses may advance to supervisory positions. Some LPNs and LVNs advance to other healthcare occupations. For example, an LPN may complete a LPN to RN education program to become a registered nurse.

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Medic Career Paths

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Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Paramedic Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Nursing Director Assistant Systems Administrator
Executive Director/Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Case Manager Medical Social Worker
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Analyst Medical Coder
Health Information Management Director
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Physician Medical Coder
Health Information Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Director Director Of Health Services
Home Service Director
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Program Director Clinical Services Director
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Paramedic Instructor Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Respiratory Therapist Clinical Liaison Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Dispatcher Paramedic
Medical Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Legal Nurse Consultant Quality Improvement Coordinator
Quality Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Therapist Occupational Therapist
Therapy Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Medic Demographics

Gender

Female

54.8%

Male

43.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.2%

French

6.2%

German

4.7%

Russian

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Hindi

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Hebrew

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Cantonese

2.2%

Mandarin

1.8%

Korean

1.4%

Thai

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Igbo

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%
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Medic Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.0%

Kaplan University

8.3%

Liberty University

7.4%

Community College of the Air Force

5.6%

Columbia Southern University

5.0%

Central Texas College

5.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.4%

University of South Florida

4.4%

Remington College

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

Walden University

3.8%

Everest Institute

3.6%

University of South Alabama

3.3%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%

Troy University

3.0%

Miami Dade College

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

20.8%

Medical Assisting Services

16.1%

Business

12.2%

Medical Technician

7.6%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Psychology

4.2%

General Studies

3.5%

Biology

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Medicine

2.9%

Pharmacy

2.8%

Education

2.3%

Management

2.3%

Nursing Assistants

2.1%

Computer Science

1.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Physician Assistant

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

32.6%

Bachelors

25.7%

Associate

14.2%

Masters

12.2%

Certificate

7.3%

Doctorate

3.5%

Diploma

3.4%

License

0.9%
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Real Medic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Oncology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Oct 31, 2016 $285,000
Medical Post Graduate IV Saint Luke's Health System Kansas City, MO Feb 01, 2011 $177,395 -
$229,570
Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Waterbury, CT Oct 01, 2010 $177,395 -
$105
Discovery Medical Network, INC. Discovery Medical Network, Inc. Jacksboro, TX Oct 01, 2013 $171,000
City Medical Specilaist III Department of Health & Mental Hygiene New York, NY Apr 02, 2010 $144,000
Medical Advisor-Latin America Medical Management International, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 15, 2009 $96,938
Medical Advisor-Latin America Medical Management International, Inc. Portland, OR Oct 01, 2009 $96,938
Medical & Biotechnology Investment Advisor Sasco Investments, LP Houston, TX Jan 15, 2011 $81,286 -
$105,165
Alliance Medical Group, INC. Alliance Medical Group, Inc. Waterbury, CT Jul 01, 2014 $78,800
Medical Advisor Canal Family and Industrial Medicine P.A. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $63,987
Branch Medical Group Branch Medical Group Phoenixville, PA May 01, 2012 $63,512 -
$73,512
Medical Fello St. Luke's University Hospital Allentown, PA Jul 01, 2015 $62,843
Medical Fellowship Congress Orthopaedic Associates Pasadena, CA Aug 01, 2015 $60,000
Medical Fellowship Southern California Orthopedic Institute CA Aug 01, 2010 $55,008
Medical Redident-Neurology Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Jul 01, 2010 $53,620
Medical Residnet Robert Packer Hospital Sayre, PA Jul 01, 2010 $45,059

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Top Skills for A Medic

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  1. Treatment Procedures
  2. Patient Care
  3. Safety
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  • Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.
  • Organized the medical environment, performed and directed support activities in patient care situations, including contingency operations and disasters.
  • Assisted officers with medical supervision to ensure safety in extractions of non-compliant inmates.
  • Maintained acceptable accounts receivable percentages and followed up with patients and insurance companies.
  • Instructed Combat Lifesaver Courses, participated in quarterly medically related training in regard to trauma treatment and routine medical assessments.

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Top 10 Best States for Medics

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Arizona
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Maryland
  8. Washington
  9. Vermont
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