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Florida LPN Stats:
Comfort Score Rank: #30 of 51
Benefit of RN Rank: #33 of 51
Avg. LPN Salary: $39,440
LPNs employed: 43,350

Top Cities in Florida for LPNs: Orlando, Fort Meyers, Tampa Bay, Lakeland, Palm Bay, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Miami/Fort Lauderdale

Florida has a growing number of opportunities in the nursing field. Within the state, LPNs make up 22 % of nurses in the state. The Florida LPN comfort score is 73. This takes into account the average LPN salary, average state salary and cost of living. The Florida RN comfort score is slightly higher at 116. The difference between the two illustrates that obtaining an RN degree in this state is a nice increase in comfort but not large enough to be worth it to everyone. Florida nursing schools and universities can provide more information that can help you pursue either degree. In Florida, the cities Fort Meyers, Tampa Bay, Lakelund, Palm Bay, Jacksonville, Sarasota, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale will have the most prevalent number of potential educational institutions and job opportunities for an LPN.

Checklist to become a Florida LPN:

  1. Complete your LPN program, 1 year of courses and hands-on practice.
  2. Apply for licensure with the Florida Board of Nursing ($85 fee) – Have your school send your transcript to them as well
  3. Obtain a CPR card and pass the NCLEX-PN exam

 

LPN Salaries in Florida
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Florida earn an average of $19.19/hr and a yearly income of $39,440. Nurses working in metropolitan areas tend to earn higher salaries than in non-metropolitan parts of the state, although there is likely to be a relatively higher cost of living in those areas. An LPN can work in a variety of areas within the nursing field including nursing care facilities, hospitals or a physicians’ office. Nurses working in general medical and surgical hospitals typically earn more than those working in the offices of physicians. Also, nurses make more per hour when shifts are at night or during weekends and holidays. When choosing a career path within the industry, salary is only one piece to consider. Many LPNs find a more rewarding career in a family office rather than a hospital, despite a lower salary. It is advisable for LPNs to look towards home health care agencies and long-term care facilities are the fastest growing potential employers. The LPN with several years of experience and those with certifications in geriatric health are going to be in higher demand. It is crucial to begin trying to figure out which area is the best fit for you as early as possible. Take advantage of all the offered nursing classes and programs as well as continue to educate yourself and research all the available options before deciding.

LPN Degree and Education in Florida
In the state of Florida, the practical nursing program is the quickest route to becoming a nurse. To earn a degree requires one year of courses as well as hands-on practice. You are required to obtain a CPR card, and pass the NCLEX-PN exam upon completion of the LPN course. Florida registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree will have better job prospects than those without a bachelor’s. With any questions about nursing programs and specific requirements, contact the admissions office of your chosen college or school.

All Florida-licensed RNs, LPNs, ARNPs and CNs are in a 24 month renewal cycle and must complete 24 hours of continuing education every renewal period. Included in the 24 hours is a mandatory 2-hour course on Prevention of Medical Errors. A one-time one-hour course on HIV/Aids is required prior to your first renewal. A 2-hour course on Domestic Violence is required every third renewal. Courses will be provided by an approved Florida state board program.

Florida LPN Job Outlook
The nursing shortage in The United States is steadily increasing. There is a rising demand for new and more effective health procedures and life expectancy averages are continuing to climb. These issues will be reflected in the Florida health industry and help to create an extremely strong job outlook for LPNs. There are many nursing opportunities in all areas of Florida. Florida hospitals, home health companies and doctor offices are now offering flexible schedules, educational benefits, higher pay and other incentives to retain their staff and to recruit new nurses. Some hospitals are even offering sign on bonuses or student loan reimbursement up to certain maximums.

The comfort score of 73 indicates that an LPN in Florida is fairly compensated for the job they perform. The state ranks in the middle as far as the national scores. Obtaining an RN degree will increase the score to 116. It is always advisable to continue working towards an RN degree. Overall, the future for Florida nursing looks very bright. A career as an LPN in this state can provide opportunities and security.


 

Explore a new career with Concorde Career College. We offer short-term programs in the fields of allied health, massage therapy, and nursing, including medical assisting, medical office administration, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, pharmacy technician, physical therapy assisting, occupational therapy assisting, practical nursing, vocational nursing, nursing bridge, dental assisting, and dental hygiene. Our focus is on hands-on skill-building, so you get real-life training and experience. We have 16 campuses located in and around major metro areas throughout California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.

Programs:

  • Nursing - (AS)
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Tampa

Keiser University offers accredited degree programs in today's in demand careers: Healthcare, Technology, Paralegal, Business, Nursing and Legal Studies.

Programs:

  • Nursing, BS (Online Only)
  • Nursing, MS (Online Only)
  • Nursing, AS
  • And more...
Locations: Melbourne

As a student at Southeastern College, you will gain the training, skills, and knowledge you need to start a rewarding career in growing occupations such as practical nursing, emergency medical services, medical assisting, massage therapy, and pharmacy technology. Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults.

Programs:

  • Diploma in Practical Nurse
  • AS in Nursing
  • Diploma in Medical Assisting
  • And more...
Locations: Saint Petersburg

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*

Programs:

  • MS in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MS - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
At Everest University you can get a higher education designed to meet the demands of employers in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Nursing Program
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Tampa
The ITT Technical Institutes offer programs in some of today's hottest technical areas. With over 100 locations nationwide and several online programs available, the ITT Techs are one of the leading providers of technology education. Each ITT Tech offers convenient class schedules and Career Services are offered to help you find a job.

Programs:

  • BS - Nursing

Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.

Programs:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs:

  • Practical Nursing
  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Port Saint Lucie

Capella combines outstanding academics with a supportive faculty and staff in a program designed for working adults.

An education that blends theory and practice to fuel your career

Programs:

  • MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited)
  • MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited)
  • MSN -Diabetes Nursing (CCNE-accredited)
  • And more...
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) specializes in preparing students just like you for rewarding and challenging careers in Healthcare. While most schools teach many different subjects, UMA is exclusively focused on the healthcare field.

Programs:

  • Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Tampa


The Florida State Board of Nursing Website is www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/index.html.