Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Course IDCourse NameInstructorRoom NumberTime
LPN101Licensed Practical NurseT.B.A

What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Work Environment
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. Most work full time.

How to Become a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which typically takes about 1 year to complete. They must also be licensed.

Pay
The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $41,540 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for geriatric patients.

Quick Facts: Licensed Practical Nurse
2012 Median Pay $41,540 per year $19.97 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Find Out How To Become
On-the-job Training Find Out How To Become
Number of Jobs, 2012 738,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 25% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 182,900