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Licensed practical nurses care for patients in a variety of ways including basic bedside care, measuring and recording vital signs (weight, height, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, and temperature), and administering medications. They prepare and administer shots and injections, dress wounds, monitor catheters, give enemas, and give massages. LPNs typically need formal practical nurse training, which is offered by many community and junior colleges and technical and vocational schools. Some high schools, colleges and universities, and hospitals also offer practical nurse training programs. Employment of LPNs is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 14% from 2006 to 2016. Population growth, an aging population, and increase in health care services will drive job growth.
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