A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) works under the direction of registered nurses and provides basic healthcare to patients. In order to become certified as a LPN, one must have a high school diploma or GED, some clinical experience and pass the NCLEX-PN test in order to receive their certification.
LPNs can work in hospitals, nursing care centers or other facilities and fulfill the basic functions of nursing such as taking vital signs, collecting fluid samples, updating patient records and other duties as assigned. They are unable to perform any critical care interventions and are largely seen in medical areas that require basic care for patients with conventional medical conditions or those in long-term care facilities. An LPN must be under the direct supervision of a physician or registered nurse.
LPNs are required to have a high school diploma or GED, some clinical experience and pass the NCLEX-PN test in order to receive their certification.
The median pay for this occupation is $40,380 per year or $19.42 per hour.
The projected job growth rate for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses is higher than average at 22% which will add 168,500 more jobs in these fields by 2020.
LVN to RN Bridge Program:
The next step in career advancement for LVN’s is to become a registered nurse. This step opens up new specialization opportunities and an increase in salary. Colleges offer Associate of Science in Nursing programs specifically for LVN’s and LPN’s that qualify them to take the NCLEX-RN exam and obtain an RN license.