Take vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration
Treat bedsores, prepare and give injections and enemas, apply dressings, give alcohol rubs and massages, apply ice packs and hot water bottles, and monitor catheters
Will observe child and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments
Feed child, and record food and fluid intake and output
Help child with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, keep them comfortable, and care for their emotional needs
What are the working conditions?
Work a 35-hour week minimum, in a school setting with special needs child, under the supervision of a Registered nurse.
What personal qualities should one have?
LVNs must also be able to maintain a calm nature even in stressful or emergency situations. Many LVN duties require good manual dexterity, & LVNs should enjoy working with their hands. Good communication & interpersonal skills are also essential for an LVN, who must interact with co-workers, patients, & other health care professionals on a daily basis. Finally, all employers want dependable employees, but dependability is especially important for LVNs, since a patient's welfare may depend on their work. LVNs should have a caring, sympathetic nature. They should be emotionally stable because work with special needs children can be stressful. They also should have keen observational and decision-making skills.