With skilled nursing care from a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN), your loved one may be able to remain at home longer. Nurses provide medical care that a layperson cannot. A physician prescribes a plan of treatment and oversees the care given by nurses. RNs are graduates of nursing degree programs and often supervise LPNs, who have one year of specialized training. 

Both RNs and LPNs provide basic care, such as taking vital signs, applying dressings, and monitoring catheters. RNs also provide specialized nursing functions, such as intravenous therapy. (Duties vary from state to state.)      


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