Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) perform both simple and complex medical procedures and tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. They can administer medications and injections, perform measurements like taking vital signs, keep records including medical histories, perform CPR, administer basic care, educate patients and families about medical conditions and treatments, collect lab samples and maintain sterile conditions.
Nurse midwives assist women who have relatively low-risk pregnancies. Patients who do not necessarily need the close supervision of a physician during pregnancy and delivery can instead be cared for by a certified nurse midwife.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse practitioners (NP-Cs) are advanced practice nurses who are specially trained to serve as primary and specialty health care providers, under the authority of a physician. They are educated at the master's level or higher and offer a wide variety of nursing and healthcare services to a wide variety of patients.
Pediatric nurses (PNs) care for patients ranging from infancy to late adolescence. They work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as family doctors, pediatric physicians and other nurses, to provide preventive and acute care. Tanner’s pediatric nurses are certified in pediatric nursing and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
Physician assistants (PAs) and certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) are medically trained professionals who can provide many of the healthcare services traditionally performed by a physician, such as taking medical histories and doing physical examinations, making diagnoses and prescribing medicine or therapy.
Registered nurses (RNs) perform largely the same duties no matter what their specific niche (e.g., surgery and pediatrics) may be. All registered nurses work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illnesses, injuries and disabilities. They also can assist physicians and other healthcare professionals in taking vital signs, recording symptoms, noting treatment progress, looking over health records and conducting basic examinations and health screenings.