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Licensed Vocational Nurses
(SOC Code : 29-2061)
in California

Care for ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with Post secondary vocational training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20151st Qtr$25.21$21.06$25.21$29.08

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2012 - 202260,70076,30015,60025.73,040

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Licensed Vocational NurseDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Nursing Care Facilities 2,31825.7%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,77218.5%
Home Health Care Services 4,90115.5%
Offices of Physicians 48,1438.8%
Employment Services 6,0276.1%
Community Care Facility for the Elderly 4,9255.5%
Outpatient Care Centers 9,2275.0%
Residential Mental Health Facilities 202.2%
Elementary and Secondary Schools 17,2701.1%
Other Hospitals 1321.1%
Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,3291.1%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training.
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Asst

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients` charts.
Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients` conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
Answer patients` calls and determine how to assist them.
Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
Measure and record patients` vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
Supervise nurses` aides or assistants.
Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
Record food and fluid intake and output.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Alternate Titles
Licensed Practical Nurses; Licensed Attendants; Nursing Technicians; Home Health Nurses; and Home Health Care Providers.
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