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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

  • $43,170

    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
Registered Nurse PRN Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Physician Research Associate Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Chaplain Senior Technician Specialist Occupational Therapist
Director Of Rehabilitation
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse PRN Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Clinical Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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PRN Demographics

Gender

Female

78.3%

Male

19.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

82.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

French

6.4%

Portuguese

4.3%

Russian

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

German

2.1%

Mandarin

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Cherokee

0.7%

Shona

0.7%

Cheyenne

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Tigrinya

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%
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PRN Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Walden University

9.9%

Grand Canyon University

7.1%

Keiser University

5.9%

Tennessee State University

5.3%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Liberty University

4.8%

South University

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Greenville Technical College

4.3%

Delgado Community College

3.8%

Texas Woman's University

3.6%

Houston Community College

3.4%

Tyler Junior College

3.4%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

3.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.1%

Kent State University

3.0%

University of Louisiana at Monroe

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

30.3%

Occupational Therapy

11.2%

Physical Therapy

8.3%

Medical Technician

7.7%

Business

5.9%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Pharmacy

4.2%

Social Work

3.4%

Psychology

2.9%

Nursing Assistants

2.3%

Education

2.0%

Speech-Language Pathology

2.0%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.3%

School Counseling

1.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.3%
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Degrees

Associate

24.5%

Bachelors

21.9%

Other

20.9%

Masters

20.8%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

4.1%

Diploma

2.3%

License

1.0%
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Top Skills for A PRN

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Top PRN Skills

  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Recorded billable treatment times according to the Occupational Therapy department procedures and submitted weekly/monthly statistics to the corporate office.
  • Provided direct patient care on the Transitional Care Unit for adults and geriatrics.
  • Acted as weekend supervisor of this 151 bed facility.
  • Focus on Emergency Room, Cardiovascular Intensive care, Surgical Intensive care and basic Intensive care patients.
  • Provided physical therapy services in an inpatient orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation setting

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