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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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Hispanic or Latino12.2%
Black or African American1.2%
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University of Texas at San Antonio14.9%
University of Phoenix8.7%
West Virginia University5.1%
New York University4.6%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.1%
State University of New York Buffalo4.1%
Texas A&M University4.1%
Florida State University4.1%
Arizona State University3.6%
Nova Southeastern University3.6%
East Carolina University3.6%
State University of New York Stony Brook3.6%
University of Houston3.6%
Saint Mary's University3.6%
Western Michigan University3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Practitioner||The Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||Nov 15, 2015||$295,978|
|Practitioner||The Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||Nov 16, 2015||$295,978|
|Practitioner||Dental Faculty Practice Association, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Mar 18, 2013||$212,749|
|Practitioner of Eastern Medicine||Lakeside Medical, Inc.||Metairie, LA||Oct 20, 2012||$208,700|
|Practitioner||Ohio State University Physicians, Inc. (OSUP)||Columbus, OH||Aug 05, 2009||$207,004|
|Practitioner||The Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||Sep 16, 2014||$198,808|
|Practitioner||Dental Faculty Practice Association, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Sep 16, 2014||$198,808|
|Practitioner||Dental Faculty Practice Association, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Jan 01, 2011||$180,546|
|Familly Practitioner||Home Physicians, P.C.||Chicago, IL||Jul 13, 2012||$140,000|
|Agile Practitioner||Slalom, LLC||Piscataway, NJ||Nov 30, 2015||$125,000 -
|Agile Practitioner||Slalom, LLC||New Brunswick, NJ||Nov 30, 2015||$125,000 -
|Lean Practitioner||Navistar, Inc.||Garland, TX||Jan 02, 2010||$87,950|
|Lead Lean Practitioner||Navistar, Inc.||Garland, TX||Sep 21, 2010||$87,950|
|Lead Lean Practitioner||Navistar, Inc.||Springfield, OH||Jul 08, 2010||$87,950|
|Practitioner||Dental Faculty Practice Association, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Sep 22, 2010||$87,445|
|Advanced Practice Practitioner||Children's Medical Center of Dallas||Dallas, TX||Feb 01, 2014||$85,000 -
|Practitioner||The Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||Nov 30, 2015||$83,104|
|Systems Engineeringt Practitioner||Ciber, Inc.||Wayne, MI||Oct 24, 2016||$79,890|
|Lean Practitioner||Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authority||Charlotte, NC||Jul 12, 2013||$65,499 -
|Practitioner||Capital Vision Services, LLC||Hagerstown, MD||Jan 08, 2016||$63,862|
|Optometric Practitioner||Capital Vision Services LLC||Chambersburg, PA||Jan 08, 2016||$63,862|
|Testing Practitioner||Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Sep 26, 2016||$62,109 -
|Practitioner||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Boston, MA||Nov 09, 2016||$62,000 -
|Oriental Medicine Practitioner||Natural Chinese Medicine||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2010||$61,045|
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