Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Training: a Practical First Step

With the global nursing shortage showing no signs of ending and the U.S. Department of Labor predicting a need for 1.7 million more nurses by the year 2020, nursing remains one of the hottest career fields. Applications to nursing schools are rising, but as severe as the nursing shortage is, there's an even worse shortage of nurse educators, which means that well qualified applicants are being turned away by the thousands each year, and those who are accepted are generally placed on one to three year waiting lists before being able to start classes. So what's a person to do if they want to start a career in nursing but can't get into a registered nursing program for years to come, or if they can't afford to spend three to four years in college before being able to start earning a living?

Study to Become an LPN or LVN

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) as they are called in Texas, become eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam and become licensed to practice upon passing it after spending only 9 to 12 months in training at a community college or career school. If you want to start a career in nursing quickly then becoming an LPN might be the right way to get a start!

LPNs work under the supervision of registered nurses as vital members of the nursing team. They perform basic bedside care, taking vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections and enemas, monitor catheters, apply dressings, monitor their patients, and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. In States where the law allows, they may administer prescribed medicines or start intravenous fluids. Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.

Job Opportunities for LPNs

Thousands of job openings in hospitals, long term care facilities, physician's offices, home health agencies, and a variety of private businesses are available for LPNs.

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2012): $19.97 hourly, $41,540 annual
Employment (2010): 752,000 employees
Projected growth (2010-2020): Faster than average (20% to 28%)
Projected job openings (2010-2020): 369,200

Sources:
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2061.00
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

Find out more about LPN programs and careers:

Study to Become an LPN or LVN
Schools offering LVN, LPN, and Related Nursing Programs
 
Results:  6
Matching School Ads
We are unable to find exact matches for your query. The schools below offer related programs that other inquirers have considered.

Get started on your career with an education from Harrison College.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
Selected Programs:
  • Medical Assistant

Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

The College of Health Care Professions is an ABHES-accredited institution with a long tradition of success.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
Selected Programs:
  • Medical Assistant

Earn your degree online, at the times and places that best fit your schedule.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Wheelock College is the place for students who want to change their world and improve the lives of children and families through their careers as leaders, advocates, and professionals.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
Selected Programs:
  • Child Life
 
Featured Schools
 
Nursing Career Profiles