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Working As A Practical Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $76,060

    Average Salary

What Does A Practical Nurse Do At Indian Health Service

* Providing pre- and post-operative patient care.
* Observing, recording, and reporting changes in behavior of mentally ill patients.
* Providing reassurance and encouragement to mentally ill patients.
* Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
* Setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus
* In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below

What Does A Practical Nurse Do At Rochester Regional Health

* Patient Care & Service.
* Promote and restore patients' health by completing the nursing process; collaborate with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; perform various treatment procedures; provide physical, educational and emotional support to patients, friends and families; supervise assigned team members
* Medication Administration & Reporting.
* Administer medication and give/receive relevant reports, both written and verbal from/to appropriate staff as per departmental protocols
* Documentation.
* Ensure concise, pertinent and complete resident care documentation using computerized medical record process
* Preparation.
* Ensure clinical areas are properly supplied and exam rooms are available and stocked

What Does A Practical Nurse Do At U.S. Army Medical Command

* Perform patient screening to include vital signs, vision, spirometry and hearing.
* Assist with instruction in hearing conservation to employees on the program.
* Document in medical computerized database and other programs as applicable.
* Process employees who require pre-placement, periodic and other employment related physical exams and medical surveillance.
* Administer vaccines, initiate lab requests and implement TB screenings.
* Travel Required
* Occasional travel
* You may be expected to travel for this position.
* Supervisory status
* No
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* US Citizens
* Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* Job family (Series)
* Practical Nurse
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What Does A Practical Nurse Do At Arthritis Institute of Long Island

* patient intake of medical histories, assisting the physician during the examination of patient, assisting with office procedures, patient education, administration of medication and venipuncture.
* IV experience preferred, but will train.
* If you want to make a difference in the life of patients, if you are looking for a professional home and you know that care for the patient begins with caring for the patient, this opportunity may be right for you.
* Only applicants with submitted resumes will be considered.
* Four years of consecutive employment at the same institution is a must.
* A cover letter must accompany the resume detailing your unique qualifications.
* Company Description The Arthritis Institute of Long Island is a rapidly growing private medical practice.
* We are staffed by dedicated professionals and is a full-service diagnostic private practice located in Hicksville, New York.
* The Institute has a CLIA accredited onsite laboratory, X-ray, and infusion center.
* The recent addition of a state-of-the-art, portable GE LOGIQ e musculoskeletal ultrasound now allows immediate evaluation of many joint and muscle problems.
* Dr
* Richard Blau is the Medical Director of The Arthritis Institute of Long Island and is staffed by dedicated professionals and is a full-service diagnostic private practice located in Hicksville, New York.
* The Institute has a CLIA accredited onsite laboratory, X-ray, and infusion center.
* Dr.
* Blau is the author of many self-help articles, and along with renowned health writer E.
* A. Tremblay, co-authored the best-selling arthritis self-help book, Too Young to Feel Old
* The Arthritis Doctor's 28-day Formula for Pain
* Free

What Does A Practical Nurse Do At University of Virginia Health System

* Relationship Based Care reflects the influence of the nurse’s relationship with self, colleagues and patient/family on the patient experience.
* Expert Caring encompasses clinical assessment, planning, prioritizing, coordinating and implementation of care.
* Empowered Leaders demonstrate knowledge of and actively participate in shared governance.
* Lifelong Learners encompasses professional development through formal education, professional certification, internal and external learning opportunities and recognizes the value of external professional organizations.
* Supports onboarding of new team members and precepts as applicable.
* Quality Achievement includes adherence to clinical documentation guidelines, comprehension of outcomes data, engagement in performance improvement activities and commitment to standard work.
* Innovation is demonstrated by application of technologies that support patient care, actively seeking to implement evidence based practice and new knowledge generated by nursing research

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How To Become A Practical Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Practical Nurse Career Paths

Practical Nurse
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Clinical Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Assistant Director Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
PRN Registered Nurse Case Manager Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse School Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Clinical Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Instructor Physical Therapist
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Personal Trainer
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Practical Nurse Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • Tagalog

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Bambara

  • Filipino

  • Finnish

  • German

  • Greek

  • Persian

  • Hebrew

  • Maltese

  • Thai

  • Korean

  • Croatian

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Real Practical Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Advance Practice Nurse 1 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Jul 23, 2015 $97,843
Advanced Practice Nurse Ut Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX Jan 11, 2016 $95,700
Advanced Practice Nurse Murtis Taylor Human Services Systems Cleveland, OH Jan 10, 2012 $94,000
Advanced Practice Nurse Loyola University Medical Center Maywood, IL Nov 07, 2016 $93,000 -
Advanced Practice Nurse Daughters of Charity Health Services of Austin Austin, TX Jun 01, 2011 $85,567 -
Clinical Practical Nurse The Rogosin Institute New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $82,000
Advance Practice Nurse Db Healthcare, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 31, 2011 $77,824
Clinical Practical Nurse The Rogosin Institute New York, NY Sep 27, 2016 $75,000
Advance Practice Cardiac Nurse Greenpath Health Group Zion, IL Mar 27, 2012 $71,906
Advance Practice Cardiac Nurse Greenpath Health Group Zion, IL Apr 12, 2012 $71,906
Advanced Practice Nurse North Point Internal Medicine Alpharetta, GA Feb 01, 2012 $68,000 -
Advanced Practice Nurse-Rehabilitation Greenpath Health Group, LLC Zion, IL Dec 01, 2010 $67,746
Advance Practice Nurse Db Healthcare, Inc. Worcester, MA Oct 01, 2011 $62,756
Advance Practice Nurse Db Healthcare, Inc. Boston, MA Dec 01, 2011 $62,756
Advance Practice Nurse Db Healthcare, Inc. MA Aug 31, 2011 $62,756
Advance Practice Nurse Db Healthcare, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 15, 2011 $61,420
Advanced Practice Cardiac Nurse Greenpath Health Group, LLC Zion, IL Dec 01, 2010 $61,048

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Top Skills for A Practical Nurse


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Top Practical Nurse Skills

  1. Direct Patient Care
  2. Vital Signs
  3. Wound Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide direct patient care and nursing interventions in a home base setting.Monitor patients intake and output.
  • Supervised and assessed vital changes in patient's condition by monitoring vital signs and symptoms.
  • Monitor vital signs, performed tube feeding/irrigation/wound care/trachea/vent/GT/Immunization/Immuno-Therapy.
  • See 70% pediatric patients, primarily private insurance.
  • Worked as part of a health care team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care and implement interventions.

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