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What Is a Licensed Practical Nurse?

Sep 30, 2010

A licensed practical nurse or LPN is responsible for providing direct care for patients in a hospital, nursing home, clinic, or private care facility, under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Licensed practical nurses may be required to collect vital signs, give injections, clean and dress wounds, and record all observations and actions taken in the patient's chart.

To become a licensed practical nurse you have to complete a two-year LPN program and then pass an exam to become licensed in the state you wish to work. Many programs are offered online, or at nights so you can learn around your schedule.

Employment opportunities for LPNs are very good, and there is a lot of opportunity for advancement. Many licensed practical nurses choose to continue their education to become registered nurses. The average salary for an LPN is $39,772.

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