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Definition of Nurse, licensed practical

Nurse, licensed practical: A nurse who has completed a 1- or 2-year training program in health care and has earned a state license. Abbreviated LPN. LPNs provide direct patient care for people with chronic illness, in nursing homes, hospitals, and home health care settings. They assist RNs in caring for acutely ill patients.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11755
Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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