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A Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), also known as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), is a healthcare professional that has completed two years of college-level education to earn a diploma in Practical Nursing. They are one of the three types of nurses, along with Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs). Being an RPN offers a quicker and more affordable route to a career in nursing, although they will not be qualified for certain roles because the training is not as extensive. RPNs predominantly treat patients with stables conditions, who do not require invasive procedures or are likely to experience a medical emergency. RPNs are frequently employed in clinics, long-term care facilities and by other private healthcare service providers.
All types of nurses work to offer the best healthcare possible to their patients and clients. Registered Practical Nurses provide care to patients in stable condition where there is a low probably of a sudden change. They dispense medication – including pills, liquids and injections – according to the instructions of a physician or doctor, perform routine examinations and treatments, assist physicians treating patients and offer therapeutic health services. RPNs also provide practical information and instructions to patients so that they can maintain their health and use any medication or equipment correctly. Depending on their place of employment, RPNs can follow set routine with a small group of patients requiring long term care, or they can treat different patients as they arrive at a clinic or healthcare facility.
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