Measles and rubella are devastating diseases that have been mostly eliminated from the modern world due to vaccinations. However, there are some children, primarily in third-world countries, that still contract these diseases due to the lack of medical care and vaccinations in those countries. This is an unfortunate reality for children living in impoverished nations, because they have to contend with illnesses that modern science had largely eliminated. In fact, vaccination has prevented a nearly 75% decrease worldwide in deaths from measles in the last decade or so.
That said, measles is definitely a preventable disease, and when someone does contract it, they’re often see in a physician’s office where a practical nurse or LPN may interact with them. In this setting, an LPN’s function is typically to triage the patient and determine what their complaints are, and log these complaints in a chart or in some type of system so that doctors can easily review this data when they come into the room to see the patient.
If a patient is nervous, particularly if they are younger, the LPN may provide some emotional support in order to help calm them down before the doctor comes into the treatment room to assess their measles and any other issues that may be happening. Typically once the doctor enters the room, the practical nurse will leave in order to let the doctor examine the patient and make his diagnoses. Once a doctor settles on a diagnosis and prescribes a course of treatment or treatment instructions, the nurse will usually come back into the room to go over all of these instructions and find out if the patient or their parents have any questions about the doctor’s instructions in general.
If the patient doesn’t have any questions, then the nurse will usually wrap things up and show the patient the way out of the clinic. After this happens, a practical nurse may end up going back into the treatment room and cleaning up or getting things ready for the next patient. In other situations, someone else will go into the room and clean up and the practical nurse may go out to get the next patient and bring them into a treatment room that is different from the room that the previous patient was in. It’s important to note that nurses, especially practical nurses, play an important role in the health care system and their contributions cannot be understated.