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Working As A PRN

  • 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/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $64,136

    Average Salary

What Does A PRN 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 PRN

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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PRN Career Paths

PRN
Case Manager Unit Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse PRN Staff Nurse Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist Occupational Therapist
Director Of Rehabilitation
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse PRN Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Nurse Case Manager Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director Assistant Systems Administrator
Executive Director/Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Clinic Registered Nurse Case Manager Medical Social Worker
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Director Of Health Services
Home Service Director
8 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Services Director
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Clinic Registered Nurse Clinical Liaison Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Emergency Department Technologist Paramedic
Medical Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Instructor Physical Therapist
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Respiratory Therapist
Therapy Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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PRN Demographics

Gender

Female

79.0%

Male

19.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Black or African American

13.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.4%

French

7.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

3.6%

German

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Mandarin

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Cherokee

0.9%

Cheyenne

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Tigrinya

0.9%

Dari

0.9%

Afrikaans

0.9%

Italian

0.9%
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PRN Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

Walden University

10.1%

Grand Canyon University

6.8%

Keiser University

6.3%

Tennessee State University

5.3%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Greenville Technical College

4.8%

Liberty University

4.6%

South University

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

Delgado Community College

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.7%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

3.7%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

Tyler Junior College

3.3%

Trident Technical College

2.9%

Kent State University

2.9%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

2.9%

Georgia State University

2.9%

Arkansas State University

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

33.0%

Occupational Therapy

13.0%

Physical Therapy

9.6%

Medical Technician

5.9%

Business

5.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.9%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Social Work

3.0%

Psychology

2.8%

Nursing Assistants

2.3%

Speech-Language Pathology

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.9%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.6%

General Studies

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.3%

Clinical Psychology

1.3%

Management

1.2%

Biology

1.1%
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Degrees

Associate

26.2%

Bachelors

21.5%

Other

20.8%

Masters

20.5%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

2.3%

License

1.1%
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Top Skills for A PRN

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  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Patient Care
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended and helped with therapy sessions including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
  • Developed Patient care plan including assessment, nursing diagnosis, implementation and evaluation
  • Provided occupational therapy for adults and geriatric patients in a skilled nursing facility and assisted living facility.
  • Provide physical therapy interventions for patients in sub-acute/skilled nursing facility specializing in orthopedic rehab along with other acute medical conditions.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.

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