Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
Licensed Practical Nurses are skilled nurses that assist clients with direct patient care. They can also provide supervision for other caregivers.
Under State of Florida Guidelines, Licensed Practical Nurses can instruct Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Personal Care Assistants, Homemaker and Companions. Licensed Practical Nurses can also provide direct hands on skilled nursing assistance. This includes the administration of medication and treatments for the patient. An LPN can also monitor the status of patients care and report/take orders from the Physician in charge of care.
Licensed Practical Nurses can also provide wound care and change wound dressing and bandages. They can apply medicated ointments and creams as prescribed by a physician.
An LPN works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
The Registered Nurse sets up a Plan of Care which may include duties for Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Homemakers and Companions, skilled nurses and LPNs.
Licensed Practical Nurses are a valuable asset of our agency as they provide an intermediate caregiver between the Home Health Aide and the Registered Nurse.
Limitations: Licensed Practical Nurses cannot administer certain types of intravenous medications or narcotics, nor can they prescribe medications.