Licensed Practical Nurses

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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 697,250 licensed practical nurses are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Home Health Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses
Duties Provide general nursing care such as taking patients' vital signs, administering prescribed drugs and medical treatments to patients, dressing wounds, and assisting patients with daily hygiene
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship; clinical training
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Manager
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Nurse Assistant

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