LPNs should have a caring, sympathetic nature and possesses strong communication skills. They should be emotionally stable because working with the sick and injured can be stressful. They also should have keen observational, decision-making, and communication skills
As part of a health care team, they must be able to follow orders, detailed instructions and work under close supervision. Physically demanding aspects of this type of work include lifting patients and dealing with heavy equipment
-Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
-Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
-Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
-Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
-Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
-Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of symptoms, treatment and treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures that relate to medicine and dentistry.
-Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
-Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; and learning and motivation.
-Problem Sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.