Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, are health care professionals who provide basic medical care to patients.
Licensed practical nurses are trained to perform many of the same duties as registered nurses but do not have the same level of education or training. For example, an LPN does not provide patient care after surgery or in intensive care units.
However, an LPN or LVN is licensed to provide basic medical care under the supervision of a doctor, physician assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP), or registered nurse (RN).
They work in hospitals and nursing homes, but they can also work in clinics and doctors’ offices.