Vocational Nurse Duties and Responsibilities Include
LVNs assess and monitor their patients, report adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and gather information from patients including their health history and how they are currently feeling. In some states, including California, LVNs are permitted to administer prescribed medicines, start intravenous fluids, and provide care to ventilator-dependent patients. They may use this information to complete a plan of care for a specific patient in long-term care; to complete insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals; and to work with the interdisciplinary team to help determine the best course of care for a patient. LVNs often teach family members how to care for a relative or teach patients about good health habits. LVNs supervise nursing assistants and aides.