LPN’s and LVN’s

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Posted on 21st April 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

As a nurse, an LPN or an LVN it is important to take the time to educate the patients you come in contact with.  Each time you encounter a patient you are assessing him/her and the situation.  You’re also expected to carry out any planned care assigned to you while evaluating its necessity, success, or failure.  The data you gather, however,  is both subjective and objective.  Be sure to always listen closely to what your patient is telling you, and also how they are telling you.  What has he/she learned from this health care experience?  What does the patient understand to be true about their signs and symptoms?  What does your patient know about how to control or prevent their signs and symptoms?  Each time you give a medication to a patient, be sure it is interactive; you should tell them what it is and what it’s for.  If they already know all of this information, try asking them something about the medication they have been assigned or the diagnosis for which they are taking the medication.  Every encounter with a patient is a learning experience for them.  Recognize the opportunity you have at each of these occasions to improve the relationship you are forging.  Make the most of every encounter.  Each little effort you make as an allied health professional will go a long way for improved outcomes, relationships, and it will also help your patients to become more accountable for their own health care.   In your position as a nurse, a LPN or a LVN, you can teach patients about their health status, and how to cope and prevent re-occurance.  You can help patients ascertain what to expect and what to do in certain situations.  In your position, you can help to empower patients to take care of their health.

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