Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Licensed Practical Nurse

Many individuals I know personally started their nursing career as an LPN or LVN. Which I probably would do in the future. I am not sure weather I'll go for it or not. It's on my list of courses I would like to take, but not on top of everything.

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) works closely with patients in various health care settings to maintain and provide them basic medical care. They are generally supervised by registered nurses (RNs) as they assess patients, check routine vital signs, administer medication and aid in other simple medical procedures.

LPN can be completed as little as 7 months to 1 year for a hospital certificate, or you can obtain a LPN degree in two years from a community college, trade school or from any accredited lpn school. You will also need to pass the NCLEX-PN certificate examination to become nationally certified. When comparing licensed practical nursing schools, it's a good idea to ask what sort of training the schools provide to prepare you for the LPN certification exam. As a licensed practical nurse (and vocational nurse), you can earn up to $35,000 a year upon graduation, depending on where you're located and what type of medical facility you work in. In most cases, salaries for licensed practical nurses in large metropolitan hospitals tend to be higher than salaries for LPNs in nursing homes. LPNs can also continue their studies to become a registered nurse, as many nursing colleges offer transitional course that specialized LPN-to-RN degree programs.

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