Tennessee LPN
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Tennessee LPN Stats:
Comfort Score Rank: #13 of 51
Benefit of RN Rank: #7 of 51
Avg. LPN Salary: $35,520
LPNs employed: 24,950

Top Cities in Tennessee for LPNs: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chatanooga

Tennessee has a growing number of opportunities in the nursing field. Within the state, LPNs make up 29 % of nurses in the state. The Tennessee LPN comfort score is 86 which ranks 13th in the nation. This takes into account the average LPN salary, average state salary and cost of living. The Kentucky RN comfort score is considerably higher at 137. The large difference between the two illustrates that it is highly advisable to continue your education and obtain an RN degree. Tennessee nursing schools and universities can provide more information that can help you pursue either degree. In Tennessee the cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga will have the highest number of potential educational institutions and job opportunities for an LPN.

Checklist to become a Tennessee LPN:

  1. Earn your LPN Degree, 1 year of courses and hands-on practice.
  2. Apply for licensure with the Tennessee 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 Tennessee
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Tennessee earn an average of $17.30/hr and a yearly income of $35,990. 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 associated 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 Tennessee
In the state of Tennessee, 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 course. In this state, the comfort score of an RN is much higher than an LPN and it is important to consider that some universities are now offering alternative programs such as a fast paced two-year Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN) program for individuals who already have a bachelors degree and are looking for a career change.

Tennessee licensed RNs and LPNs are required to renew their licenses every two years. Continuing education is not mandatory, although all RNs and LPNs are required to maintain competency. In order to maintain competency the board requires all RNs and LPNs to have practiced as a nurse in the past five years and the to complete two out of fifteen possible requirements. A complete list is available on the Tennessee State Board of Nursing website.

With any questions about nursing programs and specific requirements, contact the admissions office of your chosen college or school.

Tennessee 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 Tennessee health industry and help to create an extremely strong job outlook for LPNs. There are many job openings in Tennessee in all fields of nursing. Tennessee 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 86 for Tennessee LPNs ranks as the 13h highest in the nation. Obtaining an RN degree will increase the score to 135. It is always advisable to continue working towards an RN degree but these numbers suggest it is highly worth the investment to do so in Tennessee. A career as an LPN in this state can provide opportunities and security.

Tennessee State Board of Nursing Website is health.state.tn.us/boards/nursing/



 

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Programs:

  • Medical Assistant - Diploma
  • Medical Assisting - (AAS)
  • Nursing - (AAS)
  • And more...
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Programs:

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Programs:

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