Licensed Practical Nurses or LPNs are individuals that take care of patients who are sick or injured. This is completed under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Taking vital statistics, prepare medications, dress wounds, and ensuring patients are comfortable is some of the responsibilities of an LPN. These individuals may also be required to take samples for the laboratory, monitoring the patients and reporting changes in status.
The education required to become a LPN varies from state to state in specifics, but requires to complete a training program to be able to obtain a license. Typically individuals are required to possess a high school diploma to enter these programs. Vocational schools and community colleges are common locations to enlist into these programs.
The National Council License Examination also known as NCLE-PN is the exam that must be taken and passed to obtain an LPN license. This computer based exam varies in length and focuses on four major areas. These clinical needs areas are safe and effective care environment, psychosocial integrity, health promotion and management, and physiological integrity.
Individuals who enter this field should have a sympathetic nature towards individuals. The stressful environment requires the LPN be emotionally stable and extremely observant. The ability to follow directions closely is another strong requirement of this position.
The current median salary for this position is $41,920 according to the United States Department of Labor. A demand is expected to increase as population increases and a large portion of the current workforce is expected to retire in the near years. It is projected that the best opportunities will exist in nursing care facilities as well as home health services. Rural areas are expected to be the largest suppliers of LPN positions. The field is expected to grow twenty one percent by 2018 according to the United States Department of Labor.