What dirty jobs does an LPN do?

I am considering going to a school for LPN.

I am a 27 year old guy and I have done a lot of research online trying to figure out exactly what they do.

Everything I find is vague.

Check Vital signs and record data and stuff.

Please be blunt and let me know some of the dirty things that I would have to do as an LPN that I might not like.

I am not interested in becoming an RN later I don’t care how much they make so just let me know about what an LPN is required to do.

I will be working in the North Carolina and Virginia area for the first 2 years and then moving to the Indiana and Illinois area later.

Please be specific as I don’t want to waste my time and money only to find out that I would have to insert catheters into men and women, give them both enemas, and then give them sponge baths.

I heard someone say that CNA’s get all the dirty jobs and LPN’s just have to do stuff like give shots, paperwork, and draw blood.

Please let me know what kind of dirty jobs I would have to do as an LPN and if there was a place that I could work where I would do the least amount of dirty jobs (like hospital vs nursing home).

Also, let me know if these dirty jobs constitute the majority of what I would do on a daily basis, or what would a normal day for me be like as an lpn.

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  1. dominican4ever says:

    Go to your state board of nursing web site and compare LPN and RN duties. In my eyes, the LPN does 90 % of what the RN does, the only difference is that the RN makes a heck of a lot more per year.

    LPNs are more confined to nursing homes, there a some many more doors open when you become an RN.

    Dirty jobs? Ummm? the dirtiest you can think of. Changing poopy diapers, dealing with clients with diarrhea, vomit, sputum, giving enemas, suppositories, and the grossest of them all for me is trach care and suctioning. Your duties will vary depending on the facility you work for.

    In my opinion, there is not a lot of oportunity to grow just as an LPN, I like to advance my education and that is why I started RN school as soon as I was done with my LPN program.

    I don’t know about you, but if as an LPN I am going to be doing 90% of what the RN does, I want the money to go with it. The difference can be anywhere from 20-40 grands per year.

  2. PhilaBuster says:

    My grandfather’s visiting nurse did all those things you are apprehensive about. However, LPN’s have taken over much of what used to be done by RN’s and the RN’s some of DR’s responsibilities. It probably depends on what kind of facility as to duties.

    I’m starting nursing school in a few days, so can’t verify what you will see. I’m a guy too, so I expect we would be frequently called on to help transfer heavy patients.

    You must become clinical about anatomy and body functions. I couldn’t change my children’s diapers without heaving and wretching. I’m doing home care for an old guy who is partially paralyzed who needs me to wipe his a$$. That’s what gloves are for.

    You should sit down with a LPN school counselor to see if you can do this.

  3. My wife is an LPN and yes you have to insert catheters, give enemas, baths, place and remove bedpans and clean butts. Plus you have to do all the paper work. RN’s also have to do the same thing as LPNs.If you work in a doctors office or clinic it would only be vital signs and paper work. I don’t think you really want to be a nurse. My wife is also a freelance writer. If you want to see more about what happens in a nurse’s day read these two short stories.

  4. whoknewthecolorcouldbeblue says:

    Wow, LPN’s do everything for a sick patient.

    Change their briefs, give them bed baths/showers, pass medications, provide patient with bedpans and help them clean up afterwards, change clothes, help people who can’t walk walk, brush teeth, wash hair, apply lotion, enemas, perinetal care (washing people’s genitals and anal area), checking vital signs, range of motion exercises, and I could go on for another 10 minutes.

    Go to your local library, they should have nursing textbooks there. Look in there and there will be a section about the responsibilities of nurses and skills. Each skill has in detail how to do it. You will see what they are supposed to do.

    Anything and everything a person needs while they are sick that they can’t do on their own, the LPN is responsible for. Sometimes they will delegate simpler tasks to the CNA but the LPN still remains responsible for their work.

    You say you don’t want a dirty job. You are entering the wrong profession. People will throw up, have nasty things hanging out of their noses and dripping out of their mouths, disgusting smells and odors, noises, etc. Your best bet would be to choose a hospital over a nursing home. Nursing home is the hardest work out there. It’s not easy. It doesn’t sound like the kind of setting you would be good in. Maybe something like home health care would be good, where you have a list of patients and you go to their house to provide their care. LPN’s do this.

  5. Well, I’m an RN, but I work in a doctor’s office where lots of LPNs work, and if you choose to work in a doctor’s office instead of a nursing home or a hospital then you never have to do anything gross really.

    That’s actually why I left the hospital for the doctor’s office, even though I took a bit of a pay cut – I gagged everytime I had to deal with gross stuff – and trust me, even as an RN, there is plenty of gross stuff. Don’t count on CNA’s doing everything for you because they are way too busy and your patient needs care right then and there, they can’t wait around.

    Now, I give shots, start and monitor IVs (LPNs don’t do that though), triage patients, call patients with results the doctor gives me, make appointments, refill medications, deal with insurance companies, and I never have to deal with poop!!!!