Licensed Practical Nurses


Overview

Licensed Practical Nurses

Introduction

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), a specialty of the nursing profession, are sometimes called licensed vocational nurses. LPNs are trained to assist in the care and treatment of patients. They assist registered nurses and physicians or work under various other circumstances. They perform many of the general duties of nursing and may be responsible for some clerical duties. LPNs work in hospitals, public health agencies, nursing homes, or in home health. Approximately 728,900 licensed practical nurses are employed in the Uni...

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Median Salary

$46,240

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Helpful

Earnings

Licensed practical nurses earned median annual salaries of $46,240 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent earned less than $33,680, and 10 percent earned more than $62,160. Many LPNs are able to supplement their salaries with overtime pay and shift differentials.

Licensed practical nurses who are employed full time also usually receive fringe benefits, such a...

Work Environment

Most LPNs work 40-hour weeks, less if part time. As with other health professionals, they may be asked to work during nights, weekends, or holidays to provide 24-hour care for their patients. Nurses are usually given pay differentials for these shifts. Most LPNs work full time.

LPNs employed in hospitals and nursing homes, as well as in clinics, enjoy clean, well-lighted, and generally c...

Outlook

Employment for LPNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Due to advanced medical technology, people are living longer, though many will require medical assistance. The U.S. census Bureau reports that in 2009, the senior population (those 65 and over) was approximately 39.6 million. This figure is expected t...

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