What Is a Licensed Practical Nurse?

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are licensed individuals responsible for assisting Registered Nurses (RNs) and Doctors in providing patient care. LPNs provide basic hands-on care to improve the health of generally stable patients.

Where Do LPNs Work?

Licensed Practical Nurses work in physicians’ offices, nursing homes and residential care facilities, and in home healthcare agencies.

What Does a Typical Day Look Like for an LPN?

LPNs provide basic medical and nursing care such as maintaining patient records, checking blood pressure and vital signs, and helping patients, eat, dress and bathe.

How Do You Become a Licensed Practical Nurse?

In order to become an LPN, you must attend an accredited practical nursing program and successfully complete the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination-PN (NCLEX-PN).

An LPN who wishes to further their nursing education, can look into an associate degree in nursing (RN) program. Many individuals interested in pursuing their education will begin at a college that offers an RN program and skip the LPN program all together. It is not required that you get your LPN degree prior to enrolling in an RN program.

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