5 Good Traits of an LVN/LPN

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The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), is a lot of things to a lot of people. The ideal LVN is a natural at building relationships. They are empathetic, trusting, flexible, good listeners and energetic. It’s a tough job that includes daily activities such as bathing, dressing, feeding and assisting patients with toileting. There’s exposure to blood and bodily fluids.

Most Licensed Vocational Nurses tell you, however, that the satisfaction derived from patient relationships quickly mitigates those issues.

Our Concorde LVN/LPN programs are designed to equip students to serve effectively in a wide variety of tasks in a variety of health care settings. Through hands-on, real-world course and clinical work, you should be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and be prepared to navigate about any situation you might come across.

It helps to have some basic, ingrained traits to be a good Licensed Vocational Nurse. We sought the advice of Lu-Ping Gamble, RN, MSN, PhDEd, Director of Nursing at Concorde’s campus in Garden Grove, Calif., who has more than 25 years of experience in nursing, to learn what some of those traits are.

Here is what Nurse Gamble had to say.

5 good traits of a Licensed Vocational Nurse

Nursing is an exciting career with enormous opportunity, Gamble said. You need to know:

  • How to be organized
  • How to be adaptable
  • How to be a quick thinker and have great judgment
  • How to be accountable
  • Most important, how to be empathetic with patients and willing to make a difference

Being a Licensed Vocational Nurse is well worth the sacrifice

Possessing those innate traits will give any Licensed Vocational Nurse candidate a leg up in their career. They also must possess the skills to complete the tasks of the job successfully, however, and that’s where Concorde’s training and education come in.

“At Concorde, we have a strong history of preparing nursing students to meet real world needs and obtain employment,” Gamble said. “You will learn nursing skills which include technical skills, interpersonal communication techniques and new ways of thinking about problem solving.

“Your life will change in many ways in the journey of learning and practical nursing.”

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Lucy Vang | Medical Assistant Graduate

“Concorde was one of my best vehicles that helped me gain the confidence I needed to change my life. … It all started with a vision, a will and Concorde.”

Davina Thomas-Clark | Medical Assistant, Vocational Nurse graduate

“I have taken the MA program and the LVN program. Concorde is a wonderful school. There is a difference between passion and a paycheck, and most of my instructors had a passion for what they do. The program was challenging but well worth it. I love this college!”

Jamie Troccoli | Medical Assistant graduate

“I am eternally grateful to Dr. Lu-Ping Gamble at the Garden Grove campus. They not only lit a spark, they lit a torch in my heart that shall burn forever! My education changed my life and has had a huge positive impact on the person I am today.”

James Harkins | Nursing Graduate

“What I liked about Concorde was that there was nothing flashy. They were very up front, very simple, answered all my questions. They were more concerned with my education than tuition.”

Michelle Cardona | Dental Assistant graduate

“Literally a year-and-a-half ago, I was struggling to make ends meet and barely surviving. Now I have a career, make good money, and life gets better every day. I have recommended friends and family go to Concorde, because in as few as nine months, your life can completely change for the better.”