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Licensed Vocational Nurse

Salary: $18.58-$22.69 hourly / $3,232-$3,946 monthly / Range: 5192

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, provides nursing care and administers prescribed medications and treatments to patients; performs related tasks as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is assigned treatment tasks requiring specialized training to assist physicians and nursing staff, and to administer medications.


1. Conducts basic physical and mental status assessments; assists patients in filling out various forms; records health history and assesses medical status; establishes and documents a health care plan under the supervision of a physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Registered Nurse; carries out diagnostic procedures under physician orders; provides instruction and education to patients for various health problems and prevention, medical tests and procedures.
2. Performs various routine medical procedures such as giving injections, ear lavage, cleaning wounds and changing dressings; schedules medical tests and surgeries; administers medications; draws blood and collects specimens such as urine, sputum, stool, and throat cultures; conducts various routine tests such as TB skin test, urinalysis and blood glucose; performs diagnostic tests such as EKG's, pulmonary function, treadmill, and audiometry; arranges for emergency medical care and removal of patient from the facility if necessary.
3. Assures sufficient supplies and medication are available at all times; makes routine inspections of medical equipment; maintains daily logs, medical records and statistical data; in some cases may act as a lead worker in the coordination of clinics.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license as a Vocational Nurse in the State of California.

Knowledge of: physical and mental health assessment techniques; first aid procedures; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; the effects and side effects of commonly used medications; general practice medicine and medical terminology; standard diagnostic and medical equipment and instruments.

Ability to: conduct health assessments; accurately document medical records; perform diagnostic procedures; arrange for medical referrals, tests and surgeries; perform standard medical procedures and diagnostic assessments; educate and instruct patients regarding various health problems and prevention, medical tests, and procedures; establish good communication with patients, nursing staff, and physicians.

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