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What does a LPN do?
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A PRACTICAL NURSE? JOBS? CAREER?
PRACTICAL NURSE CAREER OUTLOOK
Licensed Practical Nurse's provide vital basic care to patients in a variety of healthcare environments, including physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospice agencies, and home healthcare settings. Functions of a Practical Nurse include:
Monitor a patient's health by checking vital signs
Administer prescribed medications
Administer Wound Care And Insert Catheters
Provide patient comfort care, such as helping them bathe or dress
Report a patient’s medical status to the registered nurse and/or physician
Maintain health records
Interact with patients' families
Collect patient specimens
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for Practical Nurses is expected to grow 16 percent by 2024. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7%, and the job growth for PNs is faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Why? As the health care needs of baby boomers increase, and an increase in chronic conditions occurs, the demand for LPNs is expected to rise in turn. The average wage for Practical Nurses is $46,240 per year, approximately $22.23 per hour. For more information about Practical Nurses, visit www.bls.gov.
Quick Facts: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
2018 Median Pay: $46,240 per year $22.23 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education: Postsecondary nondegree award
On-the-job Training: None
Number of Jobs, 2018: 728,900
Job Outlook, 2018-2028: 11% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-2028:100
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. Most work full time.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program,
which typically takes about 1 year to complete. They must be licensed.
The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $46,240 in May 2018.
Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in-home health environments to care for older patients.
Career path for LPNs
Whether LPN is your dream job or simply a stepping stone, LPN's are presented with many healthcare opportunities for future advancement. Many LPNs continue their education earning RN, BSN and MSN degrees, earning a higher income and having more job opportunities.