If you’re one of many asking, “What is a LPN?” then this guide will answer the following questions:
- What is a LPN?
- What does a LPN do?
- How do I become a LPN?
- Where can I find a LPN school?
- What is the average LPN salary?
LPN stands for Licensed Practical Nurse, and offers a rewarding career in the caregiver and medical industry. Another name for LPN is LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse), but only two states use the term LVN, Texas and California. Other than the name, LPN and LVN share the same role and responsibilities. Howev
If you’re currently working a CNA or caregiver job and you’re looking to grow in your career, then a LPN job
can be a great step towards another medical profession. This guide will answer general questions you may have about LPNs and help you make the right career choice for your success.
What is a LPN: LPN Duties and Responsibilities
A LPN is usually the first medical professional to attend to patients. Some of their general responsibilities include:
- Recording the medical history of the patient
- Administer immunization or injections of medication
- Dressing and cleaning bandages
- Giving patients their medication as outlined by the supervising RN or physician
- Providing emotional support to patients
A LPN job is a great opportunity to gain more medical experience and grow in your career.
How to Become a LPN: LPN Training and Schools
While Registered Nurses attend school for two years, LPNs have one year of classes and training. A LPN is the medium between a CNA role and a RN position. For CNAs or caregivers who want to make the jump towards a higher medical role, a LPN is a great stepping stone for other medical positions. The typical requirements to become a LPN include:
- At least 18 years old
- High school Diploma/GED
- Clean background check and drug screen
- Finish the training program
- Pass the state exam to earn the LPN certificate
There are some LPN training programs available called “bridge programs” that are only one year of classes and clinicals, but gives LPNs the opportunity to eventually become a RN. Bridge Programs typically require a high school diploma, a 2.0 GPA, and valid LPN certificate. Each state and program may be different. Check with your state board of nurse registry to make sure a program is accredited.
A LPN salary depends on several factors: experience, specialty, and location. As a LPN gains more experience, their salary tends to grow. Because LPN is closer to the medical field than CNAs, there are more specialization opportunities than a caregiver role. Caregivers who choose to further their education and earn a LPN license reap the benefits of a higher salary. The average salary ranges between $38,575 - $45,851. But a LPN job is rewarding in more ways than just a paycheck.
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