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Licensed Practical Nurses


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.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Manager

Registered Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse

Nurse Assistant

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