Welcome to the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians

History

Established in 1951 (Vocational Nurse Program) and 1959 (Psychiatric Technician Program); the Board is responsible for administering the laws related to the practice of licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians. In 1970, the Psychiatric Technician certification was changed to a licensure program based upon passage of Senate Bill 298.

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) provide basic bedside nursing care to clients under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. The LVN utilizes scientific and technical expertise and manual skills. Duties within the scope of practice of an LVN typically include, but are not limited to, provision of basic hygienic and nursing care; measurement of vital signs; basic client assessment; documentation; performance of prescribed medical treatments; administration of prescribed medications; and, performance of non-medicated intraveneous therapy and blood withdrawal (requires separate Board certification.)

Psychiatric Technicians (PTs) provide care for mentally disordered or developmentally disabled clients under the director of the services. The director may be a physician, psychologist, rehabilitation therapist, social worker, registered nurse or other professional personnel. The PT utilizes scientific and technical expertise and manual skills to provide care and training for clients with mental disorders and developmental disabilities. Duties within the scope of practice of a PT typically include, but are not limited to, basic hygiene and nursing care; measurement of vital signs; performance of prescribed medical treatments; administration of prescribed medications; implementation of behavioral management techniques; crisis intervention; sensory and perceptual development assessment; social and vocational training; and, the facilitation of individual and group therapeutic activities.