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Working As A Nurse Technician

  • 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

  • $43,170

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse Technician 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 Nurse Technician

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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Nurse Technician Career Paths

Nurse Technician
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse School Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Nurse Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Unit Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Home Health Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 5.9 years
Registered Nurse 5.2 years
Head Nurse 4.2 years
Monitor Technician 3.1 years
General Duty Nurse 3.1 years
Nurse 3.1 years
EKG Technician 2.8 years
Technician 2.6 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
Nurse Technician 2.0 years
Student Nurse 1.4 years
Nurse Extern 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 6.6%
Internship 3.0%
Volunteer 2.9%
Teller 2.2%
Server 2.1%
Top Employers After
Staff Nurse 10.5%
Nurse 4.7%
Cashier 1.6%
Internship 1.4%

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Nurse Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

82.2%

Male

16.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

81.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.8%

French

13.3%

Portuguese

3.5%

Russian

2.9%

German

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.3%

Hindi

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Swahili

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Hungarian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%
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Nurse Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

Midlands Technical College

8.1%

Wichita State University

6.2%

Walden University

6.0%

Southeastern Louisiana University

5.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.3%

University of Central Florida

4.9%

Grand Canyon University

4.8%

University of Kentucky

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.4%

South Plains College

4.4%

South University

4.4%

Tulsa Community College

4.2%

Central New Mexico Community College

4.2%

Tennessee State University

4.0%

Grand Valley State University

4.0%

University of South Alabama

3.7%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

59.5%

Nursing Assistants

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Business

4.3%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Psychology

2.7%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.1%

General Studies

1.9%

Biology

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Family Practice Nursing

1.5%

Nursing Science

1.1%

Social Work

1.0%

Education

0.9%

Clinical Psychology

0.9%

Public Health

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.0%

Other

27.5%

Associate

19.0%

Masters

12.8%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

2.6%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Nurse Technician

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  1. Vital Signs
  2. Daily Living
  3. Patient Vitals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored and reported any changes in vital signs, physical, and mental status of patients.
  • Assisted patients with activities of daily living and supported the nursing team with daily tasks.
  • -Worked closely with nursing staff to record patient vitals and complete appropriate paperwork per hospital and government guidelines.
  • Care involved assisting with hygiene as well as any other requested assistance from the RN staff.
  • Recorded and documented intake and output, EKG's and vital signs.

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