Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a practical nurse?
What are some of the things you do throughout your day? If you think about your current job, it is probably filled with a few of the same tasks that get repeated day after day, with a few odd occurrences that keep you on your toes. The job of a practical nurse is probably similar except that the things they do help to save lives every day. Read on to find out more about a day in the life of a practical nurse may include.
- Administer medications as well as observe and document the therapeutic effects for their patients.
- Take the vital signs of patients to monitor their health while under the practical nurse’s care.
- Apply antiseptics and sterile dressings to help ensure that wounds are properly cared for and infections are kept at bay or under control.
- Monitor the nutritional intake of patients to ensure they are receiving the correct foods to heal properly, including the specimen collection for analyzing.
- Inspect the operating room before surgery and sterilize the room and instruments.
- Prepare patients for surgical procedures by washing, shaving, and sterilizing them before hand.
- Assist doctors during the surgery procedure by laying out the proper instruments and setting up the equipment before surgery, and then assist the surgical team with their gowns and gloves and handing them the required instruments during surgery.
- Provide additional nursing services throughout the day based on the patient assessment and care procedure needs.
- Administer pre-operative and post-operative care to patients to ensure their comfort and recovery.
Not Your Everyday Career Choice
As you can see, the job of a licensed practical nurse is very important and may not be for everyone. You can be involved in high-stress situations that require your complete concentration and care. But if you have a passion for helping others, a career in practical nursing may be right for you.
Delta College can help you prepare for a career in practical nursing. Our course is designed to prepare students to take the licensing exam in only 16 months. If you would like to learn more about the Practical Nurse training at Delta College and to schedule an appointment for an interview and to tour Delta College, click here.