Who is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), also known as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in some states, plays a vital role in the healthcare ecosystem. LPNs provide essential bedside care to patients in various settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and even patients’ homes. They work under the supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians, but their duties are crucial to ensuring patient comfort, recovery, and well-being.

Roles and Responsibilities of an LPN:

  • Taking vital signs: Measuring temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
  • Administering medications: Orally, topically, through injection, or via inhalation.
  • Wound care: Cleaning, dressing, and monitoring wounds for infection.
  • Assisting with daily living activities: Bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting.
  • Monitoring patient condition: Reporting changes in the patient’s status to the RN or physician.
  • Providing emotional support and education: Offering companionship and educating patients about their conditions and medications.
  • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals: Working as part of a team to ensure coordinated care for the patient.

Training for Telehealth for LPNs:

To practice telehealth, LPNs need additional training specific to virtual patient care. This training typically covers:

  • Telehealth technology: Using video conferencing platforms, electronic health records (EHRs), and other relevant technology.
  • Telehealth assessment and documentation: Conducting virtual assessments, documenting findings accurately, and adhering to telehealth guidelines.
  • Patient safety and privacy in telehealth: Maintaining patient confidentiality and security in a virtual environment.
  • Legal and ethical considerations: Understanding state regulations and ethical guidelines for telehealth practice.

OpenTelemed’s private and CE training programs can equip LPNs with the necessary skills and knowledge to confidently practice telehealth.

Practicing Telehealth Legally:

For LPNs to practice telehealth legally, they must:

  • Be licensed in the state where they are providing care.
  • Have completed the required telehealth training.
  • Work within the scope of practice defined by their state’s nursing board.
  • Collaborate with a supervising physician who is also licensed in the state.

OpenTelemed can help LPNs establish legal and compliant telehealth practices through their Telehealth Practice Setup program.

Independent vs. Supervised Services:

The specific services an LPN can perform independently or with supervision vary by state and the supervising physician’s orders. However, some general examples include:


  • Taking vital signs.
  • Monitoring basic patient condition.
  • Providing education and support.
  • Assisting with daily living activities.


  • Administering certain medications.
  • Performing wound care.
  • Carrying out specific treatments as directed by the physician.

OpenTelemed can provide guidance on scope of practice regulations and help LPNs understand their limitations and opportunities.

Financial Focus for LPNs in Telehealth:

OpenTelemed recognizes the potential for LPNs to expand their career opportunities and achieve financial success through telehealth.

Here’s how telehealth can benefit LPNs financially:

  • Increased flexibility: Telehealth allows LPNs to work from home or other remote locations, offering more scheduling flexibility and work-life balance.
  • Expanded patient reach: Telehealth opens doors to caring for patients beyond geographical limitations, potentially leading to a larger patient base.
  • Potential for higher earning potential: Some telehealth opportunities offer competitive compensation packages or fee-for-service models.

OpenTelemed’s Support for LPNs:

OpenTelemed is dedicated to empowering LPNs to reach their full potential in telehealth. Their services include:

  • Telehealth Practice Setup program: Helps LPNs navigate the legal and logistical aspects of starting a telehealth practice.
  • Skill enhancement training: Provides the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in virtual care.
  • Accreditation with CDC and HHS: Offers recognized training opportunities for continued professional development.
  • Collaboration with healthcare authorities: Works with state and national organizations to advocate for LPNs in telehealth.


OpenTelemed believes that LPNs play a valuable role in telehealth and is committed to supporting their professional growth and success. By providing legal guidance, training resources, and ongoing support, OpenTelemed empowers LPNs to practice with confidence, expand their skillsets, and achieve financial goals in the exciting world of telehealth.