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Working As a Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Do

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Duties

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

Duties of LPNs and LVNs vary, depending on their work setting and the state in which they work. For example, they may reinforce teaching done by registered nurses regarding how family members should care for a relative; help to deliver, care for, and feed infants; collect samples for testing and do routine laboratory tests; or feed patients who need help eating.

LPNs and LVNs may be limited to doing certain tasks, depending on the state where they work. For example, in some states, LPNs with proper training can give medication or start intravenous (IV) drips, but in other states LPNs cannot perform these tasks. State regulations also govern the extent to which LPNs and LVNs must be directly supervised. For example, an LPN may provide certain forms of care only with instructions from a registered nurse.

In some states, experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses oversee and direct other LPNs or LVNs and unlicensed medical staff.

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How To Become A Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse

Becoming a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse (LPN or LVN) requires completing an approved educational program. LPNs and LVNs also must have a license.

Education

LPNs and LVNs must complete an approved educational program. These programs award a certificate or diploma and typically take about 1 year to complete, but may take longer. They are commonly found in technical schools and community colleges, although some programs may be available in high schools or hospitals.

Practical nursing programs combine classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.

Contact state boards of nursing for lists of approved programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved educational program, prospective LPNs and LVNs can take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). In all states, they must pass the exam to get a license and work as an LPN or LVN. For more information on the NCLEX-PN examination and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

LPNs and LVNs may choose to become certified through professional associations in areas such as gerontology and IV therapy. Certifications show that an LPN or LVN has an advanced level of knowledge about a specific subject.

In addition, employers may prefer to hire candidates who are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Compassion. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve.

Detail oriented. LPNs and LVNs need to be responsible and detail oriented, because they must make sure that patients get the correct care at the right time.

Interpersonal skills. Interacting with patients and other healthcare providers is a big part of their jobs, so LPNs and LVNs need good interpersonal skills.

Patience. Dealing with sick and injured people may be stressful. LPNs and LVNs should be patient, so they can cope with any stress that stems from providing care to these patients.

Physical stamina. LPNs and LVNs should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for a long time.

Speaking skills. It is important that LPNs and LVNs be able to communicate effectively. For example, they may need to relay information about a patient’s current condition to a registered nurse.

Advancement

With experience, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses may advance to supervisory positions. Some LPNs and LVNs advance to other healthcare occupations. For example, an LPN may complete a LPN to RN education program to become a registered nurse.

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Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Career Paths

Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Nurse Case Manager Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions And Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator Therapist
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Nursing Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Consultant Nurse Assistant Director Of Nursing
Director Of Staff Development
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Case Manager Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse School Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Clinic Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Nurse Clinician Social Work Case Manager
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 6.0 years
Registered Nurse 5.3 years
Office Nurse 4.2 years
Pediatric Nurse 3.5 years
Nurse 3.2 years
Practical Nurse 3.1 years
Burn Center Nurse 2.7 years
Home Health Nurse 2.7 years
Nurse Technician 2.4 years
Nurse Extern 0.9 years
Top Careers Before Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse 4.2%
Cashier 0.9%
Top Careers After Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Staff Nurse 16.5%
Nurse 4.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DuPage Medical Group
Highest Paying City
El Paso, TX
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.0 years
How much does a Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse in the United States is $43,288 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $53,000.

Top Skills for A Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse

  1. Patient Care
  2. Vital Signs
  3. Staff LPN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct patient care and administration of medications to post operative patients.
  • Prepped examination rooms, interviewed patients and recorded history and vital signs, and assisted physician during examinations.
  • Staff LPN at an inpatient medical detox/rehabilitation facility.
  • Provided wound care Administered medications Managed CNA's Monitored Vital Signs Skilled Charting Reported changes
  • Maintain continuous observation of customer health needs and report any changes/concerns immediately to the RN followed by appropriate written documentation.

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Top 10 Best States for Licensed Practical Nurses Staff Nurses

  1. Alaska
  2. Maine
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Mississippi
  5. Louisiana
  6. West Virginia
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Arkansas
  9. New Mexico
  10. Tennessee
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Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Demographics

Gender

Female

80.4%

Unknown

10.7%

Male

9.0%
Ethnicity

White

65.8%

Black or African American

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

French

9.1%

Swedish

2.7%

Portuguese

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Comanche

0.9%

Finnish

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

German

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Yoruba

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Swahili

0.9%
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Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Education

Schools

Excelsior College

18.6%

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Walden University

5.7%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

5.7%

Hinds Community College

5.5%

A-Technical College

4.6%

Galen College of Nursing

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.1%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.8%

Medical Career Institute

3.7%

Spencerian College - Louisville

3.4%

Holmes Community College

3.3%

South University

3.3%

Delta College of Arts & Technology

3.2%

Union County College

3.0%

Bevill State Community College

2.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.9%

ECPI University

2.9%

Quincy College

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

81.3%

Nursing Assistants

5.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Business

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

Education

1.1%

Nursing Science

1.1%

General Studies

0.8%

Psychology

0.8%

Medical Assisting Services

0.6%

Clinical Psychology

0.6%

Liberal Arts

0.5%

Medical Technician

0.4%

Management

0.4%

Health Sciences And Services

0.4%

Biology

0.3%

Pharmacy

0.3%

Family Practice Nursing

0.3%

Criminal Justice

0.2%

Public Health

0.2%
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Degrees

License

25.7%

Other

22.7%

Associate

18.6%

Diploma

10.5%

Bachelors

10.2%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

4.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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