Care for ill or injured patients and perform health maintenance duties under the supervision of physicians or registered nurses.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) become educated to provide health services such as taking temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration, applying dressings, helping patients with bathing and personal hygiene, and administering medications. Training in this program is program is provided by licensed medical personnel. A vocational certificate is issued upon successfully completing this 1,350 hour program.
LPNs will be prepared to be employed in a wide array of health care professions. They may work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, private homes, health departments, or other settings such as schools and residential care facilities. Training as LPN provides a foundation to pursue many health related career paths including registered nurse.
- Licensed Practical Nurse
Employment of licensed practical nurses is expected to grow 25% through 2022. The need for more LPNs is a result of the growing need for long term care, the increasing elderly population and the general growth of health care services.
Median wage for this career is $20.15 hourly, $41,920 annually.