Historically high demand for quality healthcare translates into a surplus of career options for nurses. Take advantage of this demand and start a new life in nursing. Find the LPN program that’s a good fit for you, begin your search by selecting a state below.
What is a Licensed Practical Nurse – LPN?
LPNs are highly motivated nurses who provide both emergency and preventative healthcare to patients. LPNs, also known as LVNs, are supervised by RNs (registered nurses) and sometimes doctors. LPNs are typically members of a team of healthcare providers.
LPNs are licensed at the state level and must obtain certification at the state level. To do this, LPN’s must complete an accredited LPN program, which can take between nine months and two years. The average time of completion is one year. Accredited LPN programs are offered at many community colleges, technical schools, and even some hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.
After LPN students complete their coursework, they must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN. If they pass, they can pursue specialized certificates in certain areas of healthcare, including gerontology, IV therapy, long-term care, pharmacology, and more. LPN’s aren’t just supposed to work at nursing homes.
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What’s the Difference Between an LPN and LVN?
The only difference is the name! For example, an LPN in Arizona who moves to California will be called an LVN upon completion of the California exam. Job duties and education are the same.
LPN/LVN salaries vary across the US. Click here to find out what kind of salary to expect in your state.
Other Types of Nursing
There are A LOT of other types of nursing careers out there. If LPN/LVN might not be your perfect fit, you can check out some other nursing paths here.
Check out the nursing levels ladder to see where LPN’s stack up!