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Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
Description: Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) take care of sick and injured people. They are supervised by doctors or registered nurses. They help patients with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, feed them, and care for their emotional needs. They keep their patients as comfortable as possible. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) work with people who have been disabled and need rehabilitation services. Nurses must be strong enough to lift patients and able to deal with stress. They can be exposed to infectious diseases.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Salary: $28,001 to $50,000 per year

I use a ton of it as a nurse. In nursing school everyone complained about how the pharmacy and pumps do most of the math work for you. Which is true for a lot. But when I'm calling the physician and can safely give up to 20 mEq of postassium per hour IV, and we've got fluids with potassium and we want to figure out how much we can add on top of that, well, a little math comes in handy figuring all that out. I've taken higher levels of math than I really use on a daily basis, but the problem solving you learn sticks with you after the calculus equations are gone. As for calculators, I'm a total math in my head and on paper nerd. I'll work it out on paper if it's handy before I'll go searching for a calculator. Even long division. I'm too lazy to look for calculator unless it's got lots of decimals, or it involves my bank balance.

There are 21 math topics Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses need to know.
Basic Math / Algebra
Ratio and Proportion
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Probability
Basic Statistics
Statistical Graphing
Negative Numbers
Basic Problem Solving
First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Other Topics
Basic Calculator Use
Computer Use
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning