Many hospitals, under pressure to lower costs, are using licensed vocational nurses (LVN’s) in place of registered nurses wherever allowed.

California LVNs work under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses in jobs that require medical knowledge and technical training. They take patients temperature, pulse and blood pressure, change dressings, draw blood for testing, and give intravenous fluids.

An increase in the aging population needing long-term care is fueling the need for more LVNs. To meet the demand, training for this career is offered at vocational schools and many community colleges.

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